Monday, February 3, 2014

American business is about maximising shareholder - you don't want any more workers

New Zealand political commentator Chris Trotte...
New Zealand political commentator Chris Trotter. Taken during his address to the Alliance Party conference in October 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to a 1983 study undertaken by the German economist, F. Vester, the investment of a billion Deutschemarks in the years 1955-60 produced 1 million jobs. The same amount invested between 1960-65 generated only 400,000 jobs. Between 1965-70, far from generating employment, a billion Deutschemark investment would have eliminated 100,000 jobs. Half-a-million jobs would have been lost if the capital sum was invested between 1970 and 1975.
In other words, the ineluctable trend in modern capitalism is towards job-free growth. Or, as the American economist, Allen Sinai, told the New York Times in 2010: “American business is about maximizing shareholder value. You basically don’t want workers. You hire less, and you try to find capital equipment to replace them.”

Chris Trotter
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