Economic Update: Economics of Emotional Labor


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On this week's episode of Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on new French labor law, obesity economics, universal basic income, a mobile home coop, and Danish day care. Interview with Dr Harriet Fraad on emotional labor.

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  • commented 2017-01-11 20:22:34 -0500
    Another good show. Could you put up a link to the article about obesity economics
  • commented 2017-01-10 22:34:09 -0500
    Kudos to Harriett! Meeting the needs of others has an emotional component which is totally overlooked. This subject has two extremes. 1. Laboring emotionally to meet the needs of someone who can genuinely benefit from such labor (good will). 2. Laboring emotionally to meet the needs of someone who is predicated on abusive and tyrannical behavior (a form of enablng, fear or walking on eggshells). I’m curious how many people unknowingly fall into category 2? I can see capitalism as equivalent to the recipient person in category 2 but collectively. Wow!
  • commented 2017-01-10 21:41:04 -0500
    Why I am a supporter of Ricky! Great show. Slam dunk! I’m never disappointed.
  • commented 2017-01-10 14:27:13 -0500
    Adam Smith as per Robert Heilbroner; The Worldly Philosophers observed that once market saturation was reached by industrial-labor cycles, it would become necessary for industry to recognize and compensate formerly taken for granted labors and efforts of the working class. This appears to be consistent with emotional labor.
  • commented 2017-01-09 14:32:37 -0500
    Thank you Professor Wolff, and thank you Dr. Harriet Fraad. Emotional labor is by far one of the most undervalued and overlooked type of labor in our society. I am so glad this was brought up, and hopefully their will be more ways to bring more recognition and compensation to this type of labor in the future.
    I am an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. All I can say from what I have experienced in working in the creative field, is that art helps people immensely in unmeasurable ways. The labor is definitely there, but it is unaccounted for and often discredited. I can only hope that art and other forms of emotional labor will become more recognized as a valued part of our culture, society, and all the things that makes us human.
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