Posts by stephen herzenberg

Using Austin Powers to Explain Why the Business Community Should Support the Wolf Budget

Left to my own devices, I would make more frequent references to Monty Python and cricket (the sport not the insect) in my op-eds, blogs, and other writings.

Fortunately, the younger members of the KRC staff keep me mostly under control.

In a recent op-ed on the Wolf budget, however, I did get away with a reference to Austin Powers, which isn't quite as old as Monty Python, and which involves Americans (OK, a Canadian) making fun of the British.

OK, So It's Not the Swimsuit Issue...But Mark Price Made SI (Sports Illustrated)

This may be a first for an economist. A map based on a report by our very own Mark Price -- the Increasingly Unequal States of America -- made the Sports Illustrated blog at the end of last week. Fortunately, it was not accompanied by a picture of Mark on the beach during his recent work-related trips (yes, plural) to Miami.

Pennsylvania’s Economy Still Needs a Turnaround: Falling Unemployment Results from People Leaving the Job Market

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While a lower unemployment is sometimes good news, the decline in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate over the last two years has been driven by the fact that fewer Pennsylvanians are looking for work. Between December 2012 and December 2014, more than 127,000 Pennsylvanians dropped out of the labor force. With fewer unemployed workers “counting” in the official statistics, the unemployment rate went down:

Reflections on the One-Day Work Week

At the Keystone Research Center, we closed the office last week except for Friday, Jan. 2, giving our team an extra three days of well-deserved vacation along with the New Year's Day holiday. So we had a one-day work week.

Truth be told, I still came to the office on Monday and then worked at home much of the rest of the week.

Still, the quality of life that resulted from only "having" to come to the office on Friday provided a nice hint of what a world of shorter work time might feel like.