What’s missing from this discussion is the part about optimization of deployment of resources. If a skilled worker, say a skilled aluminum welder, can stay on unemployment long enough to find a skilled aluminum welder job at higher pay and productivity, that’s good for GDP and has a higher multiplier. But if that worker has to settle for a security guard job because he or she must pay the rent, then there is a net loss of productivity, GDP, and related multipliers.
Comments, observations and thoughts from two bloggers on applied statistics, higher education and epidemiology. Joseph is an associate professor. Mark is a professional statistician and former math teacher.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
On Salmon's blog, even the comments are quotable
Felix Salmon has a good post on the economic impact of extending unemployment benefits but for me the most insightful observation was found in the comments:
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