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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    Unaffordable Sports Stadiums

    Jul 13, 11 • 297 Views • No Comments

    The year is 1996. The place is Hamilton County, Ohio. You are standing in a voting booth deciding whether to approve a .5% sales tax increase to help build and maintain 2 new sports stadiums. Although the spending will exceed $500 million, you have been...  [read more]

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    Understanding the Jobs Report

    Jul 9, 11 • 246 Views • No Comments

    Hearing yesterday’s jobs report, most people said, “No good news.” Lower wages, almost no hiring, less time on the job and 9.2% unemployment meant more worries about the economy. These facts might provide some insight. The output gap:...  [read more]

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    A Mongolian Cosmo?

    Jul 5, 11 • 248 Views • No Comments

    Selling for 7,000 tugriks, the Mongolian edition of Cosmopolitan has arrived in Ulan Bator.  Stephen Colbert tells us that, “With their Cosmopolitan subscriptions, Mongolian women get half off the newsstand price, plus a free goat bladder...  [read more]

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    “Made in the USA”

    Jul 2, 11 • 325 Views • No Comments

    According to USA Today, “The two ‘most American’ cars are Japanese.” Cars.com has an American-Made Index. Ranking vehicles by sales, where they are made, and the origin of their parts, they concluded that the Toyota Camry is the most...  [read more]

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    A QE2 Eulogy

    Jul 1, 11 • 327 Views • No Comments

    Although QE2 ended yesterday, eulogies for the Fed’s $600 billion bond buying program did not focus on the qualities of the deceased and why we will miss her. Yes, some did believe that things would have been much worse without QE2. But others were...  [read more]