The less work required, the happier we’ll be

A common view is that work is fundamentally a “good” thing. After all, if people don’t work, they’ll sit idle and not be able to provide for themselves. While the idea is simple enough, it has some powerful, albeit misleading, policy implications.First, the accessibility of low-wage foreign workers through trade and globalization threatens the ability of Canadians and Americans to find work. President Trump has responded to these concerns by threatening to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Second, the “perfect” foreign worker that neither takes lunch breaks nor gets sick—automation—looms as a continual threat to employment. Last week

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