Category Archives: Jobs

I, For One, Welcome Our Robotic Overlords

A recent Atlantic article is the latest installment in ‘the robots are taking all our jobs’ genre. It’s pretty good, but I’ve never entirely understood the concern. I’ve always viewed this as an opportunity: In 1900, about half of the … Continue reading

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Once a Nation of Secretaries, Now a Nation of Truck Drivers

Over at NPR, there’s a map with the most common job by U.S. state from 1978 to 2014. What interesting is that, in 1978, we have a geographically diverse workforce: By 1988, secretaries seem to be skyrocketing: Then, from about … Continue reading

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NIH Is Unclear If It Should “Dial Up or Down Our Training Pipeline”

So sayeth NIH director Francis Collins: I would argue that we don’t know. Quite surely our biomedical research work force study a couple of years ago did show that only about a quarter of the people that we trained ended … Continue reading

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Agency, the Vanishing Middle Class, and Swinging For the Fences

Felix Salmon asks a question (boldface mine): No Exit, the new book from Gideon Lewis-Kraus, should be required reading for anybody who thinks it might be a good idea to found a startup in Silicon Valley. It shows just how … Continue reading

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Yes, There Is Something That Could Be Done About the Minimum Wage

A while ago, I noted that Obama, through an executive order, could have made the minimum wage for all federal contractors much higher than the $10.10 he has instituted. There is nothing Congress could have done to stop him (and … Continue reading

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University Science As Shopping Mall?

Despite government-funded academic science having far more economic activity than the major U.S. sports leagues combined, Paula Stephan is one of the few (perhaps only) economists to look at that economic sector. Recently, Stephan has argued that government-funded academic science … Continue reading

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There Aren’t Enough ‘Good’ Jobs

A while ago, I noted what should be obvious about poverty-level wages: as long as there is a job that does not pay a living wage, one of us will have to fill it. There’s a flip side to that … Continue reading

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