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I guess I should direct people to this thing I wrote about 'Dutch Disease'. It turns out that the reason manufacturing sector employment has declined is that the wages there are lower than what is on offer in other sectors.
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Thanks, Livio. Will do.
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I bet it means subsidising well-connected firms.
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Howard: Unless you have evidence that Quebec med schools are overwhelmingly populated by students from low-income households, my point stands.
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A couple of points: 1) Elementary and secondary school are compulsory. The 'public good' argument works more strongly here, because a democracy needs a literate and numerate citizenry. Most of the gains to PSE are private. 2) Sacrificed wages don't enter into it, because parents/guardians are obliged to supply the necessities of life to minor children. If we made PSE compulsory, extended parental obligations to age 22 and ensured that *all programs in all universities were of equal quality*, then extending the elementary/secondary free-tuition model to PSE would work.
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Really great post. I seem to recall that Tammy Schirle put together some graphs tracking incomes of specific cohorts, but now I can't find them.
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Chris J: I didn't. Employment falls in 2009 in all three scenarios. Increasing the minimum wage during a recession worsened job losses that would have happened anywsay. Increasing the minimum wage during a recovery slows the increase in employment.
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Kevin: I was responding to the comment immediately preceding, not yours. Your results and the ones I'm citing have the same sign.
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I don't think so. The minwage/average wage ratio also increased over this time.
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No, these regressions look like log[employment] = elasticity*log[min wage] + controls + e The ratio at the minimum has - unsurprisingly - increased. It's often been remarked that the effect of the minwage on employment gets stronger as it becomes more binding: the Card-Krueger study used data from 1992, after a decade-long freeze in the *nominal* minwage under Reagan. I may get back to this point.
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Maybe 'unpublish' instead of an outright 'delete'? I found this interesting, but then again, I've never given CWEN much thought. It always seemed like something that had nothing to do with me. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
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No kidding. I wonder what the R2 is on that equation - 0.9999?
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You correctly anticipated where I was going to go next with this line of thought!
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Oh no - now you've jinxed it!
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This is an old habit, as far as I can tell.
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I thought it was only me. That's probably a widely-held sentiment.
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Fine, except 1) StatsCan doesn't tell you that. For all anyone knows, these series are completely incompatible. 2) If you look up the IPPI, they don't tell you where the old series are or how/if you can splice them 3) Why don't they do the splicing for us and publish the long series?
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I get the impression there are quite a few series like that - at least at the more aggregated levels. Often what happens is there's a change in the way they break things down by industry/occupation/product/etc, but not in the actual total.
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So would I. I'll share whatever response I get, if there is one.
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Oh no, I didn't know. Mike was also a great teacher, and he was graduate director when I was doing my PhD. He contributed so much to U of T and to Canadian economics generally.
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The graphs above are the growth rates of a given percentile over 2 points in time: eg, change in 75th percentile between 2007 and 2012. The graph I posted on twitter took the average of a given percentile over 1997-2000 and compared it to the average of the same percentile over 2006-10.
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I wasn't actually trying to reproduce the Green and Sand results, especially insofar as they only looked at full-time workers. The reduction in earnings from cutting back on hours worked by part-time workers during the recession is something I wanted to take into account.
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rsj: I know the census PUMF truncate income at the top, but I don't recall seeing anything about that in the LFS documentation (it may be, I just don't remember seeing it). But even if they aren't, the point is still well-taken. The numbers at the extremes - say, the top/bottom 2% or 3% - should definitely be taken with a grain if salt. But the real story IMV is what's happening across the entire distribution. Joe: Yes, it's about wages. Robert: No. I wanted to see what was happening in the labour market.
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Well, the vertical scale *is* different. But I think it's more that the pre-2002 data are dragging down the 1997-2006 data. eta: I just added a link to a graph with the same vertical axis.
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Nor is there anything obliging Canadian investors to keep their savings in Canada.
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