Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can Obama Create Jobs?

This nice Reason article talks about how Obama wanting to "create" 5 million green jobs really means 5 million jobs will be transferred from something else.  If green jobs are less productive than non-green jobs, it is akin to the Broken Window Fallacy.  Nice job, Reason, I haven't thought of it like that.

In the long-run, the supply of jobs is perfectly inelastic.  You cannot change the number of jobs, only the allocation of jobs across sectors.

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