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Would Productivity Fall or Rise?

Here’s a letter that I sent yesterday to the New York Times:

Columnist Paul Krugman writes that policies to promote “job sharing” are “worthy of consideration” (“Free to Lose,” Nov. 13).

Let’s start at the New York Times.  I know several economists currently without jobs (and certainly without regular newspaper columns).  I propose that Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger reduce Mr. Krugman’s presence on the editorial page to, say, one column per year.  The remaining hundred or so columns that Mr. Krugman would otherwise have written for the NYT can be written by unemployed economists.

I’ll be very happy to supply Mr. Sulzberger with names of economists who need the work.

Donald J. Boudreaux