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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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The second coming of the amateur blogosphere?

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Yglesias predicts: Describing the trend toward a progressive political blogosphere in which “95% or more of the audience share goes to three or four dozen bloggers who are now full-time media and / or political professionals,” Chris Bowers asserts that the new equilibrium cannot be reversed because: [B]ecause it is virtually impossible for a hobbyist to compete with professionals who are actually paid to spend all day blogging. No one has enough free time to blog as much as Matthew Yglesias, David…

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Without job, but workin’ the campaign trail

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The New York Times has a story I’m surprised Alex Pickett hasn’t picked up on: Candidates for city office usually scrape by with traditional sorts of volunteers: college students, retirees, the occasional neighborhood activist. But this year, a different crowd is landing on their doorsteps: bankers, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers and other highly credentialed professionals, all of whom have been laid off. They are flooding the offices of even the most obscure campaigns, looking for purpose and fighting off…

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