How far can the division of labor expand? Is there any limit to the kinds of bizarre things we can think up to pay people to do? Remember that the eighteenth-century physiocrats were horrified at the prospect of agricultural employment in France dropping below 2/3 of the labor force. Remember that in the twentieth-century there were people horrified at the prospect of manufacturing employment dropping below a quarter of the labor force. "What will people do?" they asked, raising the imminent spectre of massive technological employment.
Eve S. Dropper--Berkeley's short attention-span voyeur--comes to the rescue, with a new job category I had never thought of:
Posted by DeLong at August 12, 2002 04:13 PM | Trackback
"Do you really save money by paying her to follow you around and remember what you already have in your wardrobe?"
"Well yes, because she reminds me of things like that I already have a black skirt."
--Two women outside Berkeley Bowl (which is a grocery store, not a bowling alley, oddly enough.)