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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    Women’s Work

    Nov 7, 11 • 350 Views • No Comments

    The CEO designate of IBM will make it 29. There will be 29 women who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. 27 of those women are married, one is divorced and one never married. Financial journalist James Stewart explains in the NY Times that the traditional...  [read more]

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

    Leaving the Euro

    Nov 5, 11 • 282 Views • No Comments

    Would you like to win 250,000 British pounds? Predicting that a nation’s euro zone exit would be catastrophic unless properly managed, a UK businessman has sponsored a contest. To win the prize money, you just need to submit the best departure plan. The...  [read more]

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    Does Luck Matter?

    Oct 31, 11 • 248 Views • No Comments

    In Las Vegas, the 2010 World Series of Poker was composed of 32,000 players and 57 separate tournaments. For the final event, $9 million was at stake. Freakonomics economist Steve Levitt and U. of Chicago law professor Thomas Miles studied the poker world...  [read more]

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    Innovation and Jobs

    Oct 26, 11 • 1604 Views • No Comments

    Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their...  [read more]

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    Chinese Imports

    Oct 23, 11 • 295 Views • No Comments

    Are you paying more for your clothing? According to NY Times financial journalist Floyd Norris, women’s shirt prices, dresses, sweaters, all that government statisticians consider female “outerwear,” have started to become more expensive....  [read more]