627. Eprime age employment – Krugman

January 23, 2011

One simple indicator is the fraction of prime-working-age adults — that is, 25-54 — that are, in fact, employed. Why focus on that age group? Because employment rates for the young are strongly affected by things like student aid policy, while those for the over-55 set are strongly affected by retirement policy; so if you want to know how many of the people who really should be working are managing to find jobs, the 25-54 sample is useful. Here’s America versus the cheese-eaters over the years:

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This series of postings are very helpful. From a climate point of view, these folks are caught in a need that is pressing. Are they available for climate change thinking? I would draw the conclusion that the Americans, being unemployed and disgruntled, are more likely.

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