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My wife and I subscribe to the Economist magazine (old school paper edition) which I credit with making me a slightly more interesting dinner party guest, and introducing me to a broad range of topics I'd never gotten close to. 

An interesting article this week on Leisure and Work Hours...

"In today’s advanced economies things are different. Overall working hours have fallen over the past century. But the rich have begun to work longer hours than the poor. ... Figures from the American Time Use Survey, released last year, show that Americans with a bachelor’s degree or above work two hours more each day than those without a high-school diploma. ... The rich, it seems, are no longer the class of leisure."

Article Source:  http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21600989-why-rich-now-have-less-leisure-poor-nice-work-if-you-can-get-out

Studies cited in the article - perhaps for a Data Viz Dabble?

Post-industrious society: Why work time will not disappear for our grandchildren”, by Jonathan Gershuny and Kimberley Fisher, Centre for Time Use Research, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, 2014

Would you be happier if you were richer? A focusing illusion”, by Daniel Kahneman et al, Science, 2006

The expanding workweek? Understanding trends in long work hours among US men, 1979-2004”, by Peter Kuhn and Fernando Lozano, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2008

The longest years: new estimates of labor input in England, 1760–1830”, by Hans-Joachim Voth, Journal of Economic History, 2001

 

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Ryan Anderson

Hi! I like to play with data, analytics and hack around with robots and gadgets in my garage. Lately I've been learning about machine learning.

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