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Freakanomics: How the Unemployed spent their time in 2009

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The American Time Use Survey for 2009 is out.  Comparing its results—at a business-cycle trough—to those for 2007 (roughly a cyclical peak) allows for the first resolution of a fundamental question in time allocation/labor supply and macroeconomics: What do people do with their time when aggregate labor demand drops? Some macroeconomists have constructed beautiful models arguing that much of the reduced market time can be shifted to producing things at home—to household production (child care, food preparation, shopping, home repairs, etc.)…

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I was right all along: Rick Kriseman ain’t runnin’

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“An opportunity like this doesn’t come along often, and as I’m always thinking of how best to serve my community, I simply couldn’t just rule it out. Also, because such a decision for me is personal, and not political, it hasn’t come easily or swiftly. After having given this decision the thought and attention it deserves, I now know this: I do not intend to run for mayor in 2009.” I’ve been saying for weeks that Rep. Kriseman couldn’t and…

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The 2009 elections

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If you are a fan of the best television show ever produced, you’ll know where we came up with the idea for this graphic. (Thanks to Kathryn at Sonata Graphics for the great design work.) I wanted a theme for the coverage this blog intends to provide for next year’s city elections. Because I intend to cover the hell out of this race, which is probably the most important in this city’s modern history. Already, the cast of characters expected…

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