Category: Labor

Recent Read: “Automation and the future of the African American workforce”

McKinsey takes a sobering look at how the next wave of automation will impact the African American workforce and the outlook is grim without some changes. Some highlights:   Representation […]

Is the American Middle Class Dead?

The term “middle class” is one heard and used all of the time, but rarely do we stop to question how that term is defined and whether that definition is […]

Like It Or Not, We (Almost) All Make Minimum Wage

I recently spent a few days with my best friend who happens to be a very successful surgeon. At dinner one night we got to talking about how medicine is […]

Recent read: “Almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary”

Fascinating short post on Quartz by Dan Kopf on the changing source of jobs. A highlight: “We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in […]

Is the “Dependent Contractor” Model the Future of the Gig Economy?

Ever since the rise of Uber, there has been quite a healthy debate about the distinction between an employee and a contractor. In almost all the U.S. writing on this topic, the term contractor is used generically […]

NYT: “Thinking Outside the (Big) Box”

Interesting piece in NY Times on the attempt by MIT’s Zeynep Ton to change the  role of workers in retail and other industries. Excerpt: Ton, however, argues that workers are not […]