Category Archives: Myths about Unemployment

Is New Technology Destroying Jobs?

by Dr. Polly Cleveland On the NewsHour Friday night, in response to the dismal new jobs numbers, Andrew McAfee of the MIT Center for Digital Business blames the loss on “powerful” new labor-saving technology. But if he’s right, is itRead the Rest »

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"Jobs"

by Lindy Davies In the argot of politicians, a “job” is a commodity, like a pork belly, or a widget. “We created eleventy-umpteen new jobs on my watch,” says the incumbent to raucous applause — as though they came freshly-stampedRead the Rest »

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The Silver Bullet: Ending Poverty Worldwide

As I engage people on the topic of poverty in the US, I am often asked about extreme poverty in Africa. I explain how there are poverty alleviating policies that universally apply in rich and poor countries alike. The bestRead the Rest »

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Out(In!)sourcing and the Plastic Law of Wages

by Lindy Davies The December issue of Atlantic magazine offered two long articles on how and why manufacturing jobs are — amazingly — starting to come back to the United States. Perhaps they aren’t coming — yet! — in sufficientRead the Rest »

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Boom Bust: Economic Cycles are Land Cycles

This is an introductory slide show explanation of land’s role in the business cycle. Once started/open click arrows to see the slide show. Boom Bust on Prezi

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Small Business: Rhetoric and Reality

by Lindy Davies One thing that nobody disagreed about in the 2012 campaign was that small business is good, and needs help. There was great disagreement, of course, about how best to give it that help. But nobody is againstRead the Rest »

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Three Secrets About Unemployment and Jobs

by Hanno Beck I felt terrible that morning, so I called in sick. But as soon as I set down the phone I started feeling better. So I went out to the shopping mall to take care of an errand.Read the Rest »

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