NFL Week 11

I can’t decide who is the biggest moron, Brad Childress, Tarvaris Jackson or Chad Greenway. If the Raiders had won thanks to Childress’s gutless AND lower-percentage decision to punt the ball instead of going for it on 4th-and-inches to close out the game, I would have gone berserk if Wilf hadn’t fired him before tomorrow morning.

He still needs to go, obviously, but my hatred for Coach Clueless merely burns hot, it’s not actually melting steel at this point. Tarvaris’s decision to lob the ball into coverage on second-and-goal was merely infuriating by comparison; fortunately the Raiders aren’t any too bright and the cornerback’s decision to take the ball out to the two-yard line handed the Vikes the subsequent safety.

But Greenway’s decision to get up and run with the ball after what should have been the game-clinching interception was definitely the dumbest decision of the day. Just stay down! What was the dumb galoot thinking, that he was going to run through nine Raiders and score? Instead, he fumbled and kept hope alive for Oakland. Still, this doesn’t let Childress off the hook either, because that sort of foolishness by a starter is a major sign of a poorly coached team.

On the bright side, Chester Taylor ran like a madman in scoring his three TDs. He’s been eminently supportive of Adrian Peterson, so it’s nice to see him have his moment in the sun in Peterson’s absence.

Workforce and wages

This appears to indicate that I actually underestimated the negative effect of increased female labor force participation on wages, although I suspect that in extrapolating their research to the present, they haven’t accounted for the concomitant reduction in 55+ male employment that took place post-1960:

A cardinal rule of economics is that increases in the labor supply yield decreases in wages, an empirical reality rarely acknowledged when the discussion turns to the influx of women into the workforce. Yet a study by economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Military Academy, and the National Bureau of Research has quantified that the “Rosie the Riveter” phenomenon of the 1940s—a decade that the researchers say registered the largest proportional rise in female labor force of the twentieth century—ended up depressing the wages of men, and especially the 85 percent of whom were high school graduates, at mid-century….

One of those effects is the relative decline in wages across the board for women as well as men. The researchers demonstrate that a 10 percent increase in female employment relative to male labor yields a 7 to 8 percent decline in female wages and a 3 to 5 percent decline in male wages…. If these same factors are still in play, then the additional growth in the female labor supply since 1960 has not helped the wage situation and explains why supporting a family on just one income has become increasingly difficult.

(Source: Daron Acemoglu, David H. Autor, and David Lyle, “Women, War, and Wages: The Effect of Female Labor Supply on the Wage Structure at Midcentury,” Journal of Political Economy 112 [2002]: 497-551.)

The significant phrase is “relative to male labor”, as the percentage of men working has dropped to 76 percent, while the number of teenagers working has plummeted from nearly 60 percent in 1979 to 44 percent in 2006. Anyhow, it’s interesting that people are finally beginning to pay some attention to the basic economics of the issue. I expect more than a few people on both sides of the feminist aisle are going to be very upset when the period from 1970 to the present is studied.

Feminists will be upset because it will make feminism look like a disaster for women. Working, married non-feminists will be upset because they’ll realize that they are essentially working for nothing. Men won’t like it either, since they’ll realize that they’re getting paid less for the same work that their fathers did.

It’s interesting how everyone understands that immigrants cause labor prices to fall, but most people don’t grasp that a substantial increase in domestic work force participation, by any group, has the same effect.

The narrative flows ever on

The NYT attempts to excuse black America for the obvious consequences of its actions:

People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They study, save, work, strive and vote. And people trapped in a culture of tenancy do not.

This parochial statement is interesting in light of the fact that in Switzerland, only 35 percent of the population own their own homes. No doubt that’s why it’s such an impoverished, shiftless nation. Seriously, the media these days increasingly appears to be nothing more than a constant flow of left-leaning fictional narrative.

More proof of the obvious

Science figures out that women miss more work without suffering consequences:

A new study formally links the data and the norm, indicating women miss more work than men because that’s what society expects. This seemingly benign “policy” could foster workplace discrimination in wages and advancement for women, the study authors suggest.

“The results suggest that a distinct absence culture exists for women that might legitimize their absenteeism, but it might also perpetuate gender stereotypes and lead to gender discrimination,” said researcher Eric Patton of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Another way of putting that would be that women miss more work because, being generally viewed as an advanced form of children, they aren’t held fully accountable for their actions. How any of this would lead to grammar-based discrimination is beyond me, but I have some doubts that an entirely sex-blind workplace where women were always expected to work as many hours as men would ultimately be regarded as being to the advantage of women in general.

There’s the Mommy thing, of course, but beyond that, I can’t recall a single woman in our office ever requiring a reminder that she needed to use up her vacation/sick days before the end of the year, whereas I can’t remember any of the unmarried programmers or tech guys ever using all the days to which they were entitled. My boss used to wonder why I never bothered taking vacations, he didn’t seem to understand that from my perspective, my business trips were more fun than any vacation was likely to be.