Labor

A factor of production, labor is necessary for producing goods and services. Econlife looks at labor related issues that include how jobs have changed, wages in the US and internationally and outsourcing and unions and the minimum wage.

  • Unless We Look More Closely at Women in the Global Labor Force, We See Only the Tip of the Iceberg.

    What Do Kids Cost Us?

    Jun 24, 12 • 329 Views • No Comments

    Telling us that, “Women Still Can’t Have it All,” Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why she left her position as policy planning director for the State Department. In addition to her 24/7 job in Washington DC, she was a......  [read more]

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    More Than a Mandate

    Jun 22, 12 • 307 Views • No Comments

    Yesterday, the odds on intrade were 76% that the Supreme Court will declare the health care insurance mandate unconstitutional. This started me thinking about Social Security during 1935. Several states had old age insurance and the federal government was......  [read more]

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    Should We Buy Local?

    Jun 21, 12 • 391 Views • No Comments

    I just finished an omelette with eggs and spinach from a nearby farm. It tasted good, I supported local business and I helped the environment. You could say that I had my cake (but it was spinach) and ate it too. But, here is the surprise. If you care about......  [read more]

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    Lowering the Cost of Commuting

    Jun 14, 12 • 367 Views • No Comments

    Which alternative would you select to lessen rush hour traffic on NYC’s 5th Avenue? Charging $10 for each block Having the chance to win a $10,000 lottery prize if you take the bus A Stanford professor is encouraging cities like Singapore to use the......  [read more]

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    What If More People Wore Eyeglasses?

    Jun 10, 12 • 411 Views • No Comments

    We could say that eyeglasses are like bookends when they relate to economic growth. Our story starts during the 13th century. Before the spread of eyeglasses, the work life of skilled craftsmen usually ended when they could no longer see close objects......  [read more]