Según Mulligan, la caída que se ha observado en el empleo en EUA no es el resultado de una reducción en la demanda de trabajo, sino el resultado de una caída en la oferta laboral. Así, según este economista,
"The recent decrease in employment may be due less to employers’ unwillingness to hire more workers and more to workers’ unwillingness to work."
This is the perfect example of a blog post by an academic economist, who has drawn too many Cobb-Douglas indifference curves and checked one too many second-order conditions in his life. (...)But please, Prof. Mulligan, look up from your textbook once in a while and peak at the real world. When you see plants closing left and right and people sacked from Wall to Main Street, it’s indeed the demand for labor that matters. Factory closes, worker’s out of a job. Voila!
Sure, some workers are lazy, don’t want to work, gave up looking for a job, etc., but that’s not more than a rounding error in the current situation, to say the least. Saying that the current climb in unemployment is due to workers’ unwillingness to work might make for a great first blog post to get some attention, but it’s not just offensive, it’s also stupid.— J. Edwards