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10-18-2016 05:51 PM  11 months agoPost 1
spaceman spiff

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Interesting article.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ans-study-finds
One theory is that Americans work longer hours because their additional effort is more likely to pay off. People earn a wider range of incomes in the U.S., so “workers have an incentive to try harder to move up the job ladder because a promotion is worth more,” said Dora Gicheva, an economist at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, citing a study that compared the U.S. with Germany.
Taxes are an issue. Despite what Donald Trump has said, taxes in the U.S. are substantially lower than in Europe. Studies have suggested that this higher tax burden reduces the incentive to earn more by putting in extra hours.
“Americans are indeed richer than Europeans, and one reason why is because of taxes that depress the incentives to work in Europe,” said Lee Ohanian, an economist at the University of California-Los Angeles.

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10-18-2016 06:25 PM  11 months agoPost 2
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here in the US, many see welfare as a shameful dependency, hence the push by many educated parents to push their kids into ever higher levels of education to get more money for less work...but we end up working harder anyway.

inner city thugs see the same connection... earn more by doing less, grow your enterprise, crush your competition, generate new sales, expand into other revenue streams (train theft, counterfeit goods, gun running), then learn to control the public and payoff the threats (dirty cops)... alot of work just the same.

the rest find getting a paycheck for free the easiest when you all you have to do is fake not being able to work.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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10-18-2016 09:37 PM  11 months agoPost 3
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The safety net sometimes becomes a weird trap. I hired a guy who had injured his back working for the water company. He was on a partial disability. He was smart (high scores in school) , and was a great worker with a promising future, but he only wanted to work part time. I ended up giving him a raise, but he started working fewer hours. Turns out his disability ends when he earns more than certain amount. Essentually he gave up a $50+k job to protect a few hundred dollars a month disability. Bizzare.

I HIGHLY recomend watching "Poverty Incorporated" It is on Netflix. The unintended consequences often far outweigh the good intentions.

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