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.

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    Middle Class Questions

    Apr 23, 12 • 565 Views • 1 Comment

    If you have questions about Verizon and middle class income growth,  your conclusions might depend on the questions that you ask. My story begins with a disastrous call to Verizon Wireless. One agent left and never returned, three said they could not help...  [read more]

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    Female Human Capital

    Apr 20, 12 • 364 Views • No Comments

    To one group of economists, oral contraception is all about human capital. 1970 appears to have been a turning point. 40 years ago, increasingly, women started entering law school, medical school and other professional programs after college. Instead of...  [read more]

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    Living Solo

    Apr 18, 12 • 409 Views • No Comments

    I’ve just started to count the people I know who live alone. School friends, relatives, neighbors. Some are in their twenties and early thirties, unmarried. Others are divorced. Several are widowed. 31 million of us live alone. Almost one-third of all...  [read more]

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    Panamá’s Economic Puzzle

    Apr 17, 12 • 312 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Just two days ago I bought a plane ticket to Panamá City International Airport in Tocumen. I will be participating in a classical music festival there, somewhat ironically studying music from centuries past as brand-new...  [read more]

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    Jumping (or Not) and Unemployment

    Apr 10, 12 • 363 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Pretend for a moment that you are mounted on a jumping horse approaching an obstacle full speed.  The next thing you know, you go hurtling through the air like some limp animal. What happened? Your ever-so-noble-steed has...  [read more]