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To: RolandTignor

I always wonder how much mechanization affects the number of manufacturing jobs needed. If you have robots doing the vast majority of the work, you simply don’t need many people to do it.


8 posted on 02/19/2009 1:58:27 PM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: pnh102

Programmers, and maintenance folks for the machines.


32 posted on 02/19/2009 2:10:38 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: pnh102
Mechanization is a form of capital. Capital and labor go hand in hand. Luddites thought that mechanization destroyed jobs. While this appears true on its face, mechanization or capital frees labor for other more productive (valued) tasks.

Think about it for yourself. One of the earliest and simplest tools we still use is a shovel. Which would be better for you?: 1. You and several other laborers dig holes with your bare hands. 2. You dig a hole with a shovel.

Using a shovel (mechanization/capital) frees you for more valued tasks. That value is subjective. If you are profit minded, you would be able to dig more holes for less effort, improving your productivity. If you enjoyed leisure more than profit, you'd get that hole dug faster and have more time for that lemonade and hammock.

Don't let the technology fool you. The shovel example goes for front end loaders, robots, engines, cars, etc. Capital always makes labor better off.

84 posted on 02/19/2009 2:39:45 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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