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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    What’s Cheap? What’s Expensive?

    Sep 10, 11 • 269 Views • 5 Comments

    Starting with, “…eating and clothing ourselves is getting easier all the time,” an Atlantic article discusses “cheap” and “expensive.” Relatively cheap: computers media toasters, washing machines, other manufactured...  [read more]

  • The Congress and the Fiscal Cliff

    Is Government the Solution or the Problem?

    Sep 9, 11 • 336 Views • No Comments

    Maybe everyone got something from President Obama’s jobs plan. According to the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, the “right” got tax cuts, the “left” got help for the unemployed and infrastructure spending, and everyone will...  [read more]

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    Environmental Dilemmas

    Sep 8, 11 • 343 Views • 1 Comment

    The environment or employment? Smart meters: Environmentally superior, they automatically transmit data about electricity usage. As a result, we can better manage our demand for energy. The tradeoff? Even including smart meter R & D, IT services,...  [read more]

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    Should We Buy American?

    Sep 6, 11 • 354 Views • No Comments

    How to diminish unemployment? The NY Times tells us about a Montana general contractor who plans to use only American-made goods for building his homes. Explaining, he said,  “I think we could solve this recession if everyone shifted just 5% of...  [read more]

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    Looking at Labor

    Sep 5, 11 • 325 Views • No Comments

    What if a physical trait meant you will earn $230,000 less during a lifetime?   According to one study, a person who was in the bottom one-seventh for looks earned 10% to 15% less than people who were in the top one-third. In a NY Times column, a...  [read more]