Thursday, July 22, 2010

Keynesian Efficiency: The Value of a Job

Angus takes some flack for the following numbers, but they are instructive.
The administration is now claiming that the $862 billion stimulus package has created or saved between 2.5 and 3.6 million jobs.

Lets suppose this is true and do some arithmetic.

Lets assume that 3/4 of the 862 billion has been spent, and the number of jobs is in the middle of the range, say 3 million (that should prove I'm an economist, eh?).

Remember these jobs are not permanent, they are "job years".

So, 862 billion x .75 / 3 million = $215,500 per job year!


Nice work guys. See you in November.
Hat tip: Newmark

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