Economists Are Obsessed with “Job Creation.” How About Less Work?


I had just written a comment about this topic when I stumbled across an Evonomics article Economists Are Obsessed with “Job Creation.” How About Less Work?

Let’s get our economists thinking about how to create a world that maximizes play and minimizes work. It seems like a solvable problem. We’d all be better off if people doing useless or harmful jobs were playing, instead, and we all shared equally the necessary work and the benefits that accrue from it.

As corporations automate more and more work, we need to shift our thinking away from a social system that distributes wealth based on work. I don’t have the answer, but this article focuses on the thinking that needs to be done and why it can succeed.

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