Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

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    Mass Production: A BMW

    Jun 4, 13 • 383 Views • No Comments

    I wonder if Henry Ford would have been surprised by this 15 minute BMW factory production video tour (below). Few people, lots of robots, the process begins with a colorless shell and ends with the BMW moving off the assembly line. Slow moving and yet...  [read more]

  • A Gender Issue: Breadwinner Wives

    Jun 3, 13 • 334 Views • No Comments

    Tradition says men bring home the bacon and women prepare it. In fact, most men will even accept women bringing home some of the bacon… But not the “filet mignon.” Here are the facts: 3 University of Chicago researchers have concluded that...  [read more]

  • Municipal Finance: Technological Innovation

    Mar 27, 13 • 260 Views • No Comments

    Do cities need more “big data?” NYC’s sewer story provides an answer. NYC had a clogged sewer problem. To solve it, officials had to find the restaurants that were pouring grease down their drains. Because the city’s Office of Policy...  [read more]

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    How Has The Safety Net Affected the Unemployment Rate?

    Feb 5, 13 • 269 Views • No Comments

    University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan believes that the US unemployment rate has remained high because of many separate public policy changes. Big and small, each one influenced workers, businesses and consumers by creating new incentives. For...  [read more]

  • The Washing Machine Empowered Women.

    Gender Issues: Home Work

    Dec 31, 12 • 581 Views • No Comments

    A few thoughts about the washing machine… To do a wash, the typical late 19th century woman had to boil the water, use her scrub board, wring out the water, hang up the clothes, and carry out the dirty water. For 4 children, she would have washed 40,000...  [read more]