Getting and spending

Via Jeremy Osner a nice post by Mark Kleiman with a critique of the Protestant Work Ethic.
Tom Runnacles has more. In particular, I agree with his view that the growth in American and Australian (standard fulltime) working hours over the past twenty years has more to do with labour market (de/re)regulation than with ingrained cultural preferences. After all, who would have believed in the 1970s, that the British would be criticising the Germans for laziness. And although the cultural stereotypes haven’t caught up, Americans now work harder and longer than Japanese or Koreans.

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  1. i was going to bring up the protestant work ethic the other day when you talked about being productively employed as a solution to social ills.

    its interesting how ingrained the ethic is.

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