What Baby Names Tell Us

When parents choose a baby name, they could be conveying a message to the world that signals their politics and the child’s future profession.

Election Economics: Looking at the Millennials, Xers, Boomers, and Silents

Before tomorrow’s election, let’s take a look at the voting age gap. Absent since 1972, the young and the old again are voting differently.   The Silent Generation: The oldest slice of the population, the Silent Generation was born between 1928…

Who Works the Hardest in the Euro Zone?

I just discovered a surprising statistic. In the euro zone, judged by hours per week, the Germans are not nearly the hardest workers. Instead Greece, with an average of 42.1 hours is close to the top of the list. By…

Election Economics: Assessing the Minimum Wage

Currently at $7.25, should the federal hourly minimum wage rise to $9.80? Proposed legislation from House Democrats would increase the minimum wage in three steps, 85 cents a year for 3 years. After that, the amount would move upward with…

Jumping (or Not) and Unemployment

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Pretend for a moment that you are mounted on a jumping horse approaching an obstacle full speed.  The next thing you know, you go hurtling through the air like some limp animal. What happened? Your…

Risk and Reward

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. The other night I went to a classical music performance and listened to a talented but rather odd cellist. He appeared to be wearing chef’s pants underneath his concert attire; I noticed white kitchen trousers…

Innovation and Jobs

Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their…

More Health Care Jobs

The health care industry has added 300,000 jobs to the U.S. economy during the past 12 months. New jobs, new construction, new technology, more care. Should we be pleased? This Dr. Seuss-like animated short from marketplace.org presents the downside of…

Job Matters

Where do we work and how much do we earn? In the entire U.S., there are 2830 mathematicians, 3220 historians, and 225,450 fitness trainers and aerobic instructors. Employing 7.6 million, the largest occupational group is salespeople and cashiers. Here, you…

Deficit Denial

According to 96% of the participants in a CBS News poll on the deficit, “We really don’t care.” Jobs were #1 and health care #2 with the deficit far behind. According to Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein, that is why…