WORKPLACE STRESS….Over at Crooked Timber, John Quiggin is complaining about this Daniel Akst column in the New York Times today that suggests workers are better off today than they were during the Great Depression. That seems fairly uncontroversial, and on the substance of the CT post I’ll confine myself to saying that while John may have a point, I think I basically agree with commenter Steve Carr. You’ll have to click the link to find out what I’m talking about.
What really caught my eye is this one sentence from Akst’s piece:
Excluding homicide, workplace fatalities have fallen from 37 per 100,000 in 1933 to 18 in 1970 to roughly 4 today.
Um, is there some reason he had to exclude homicides for this comparison? Or am I out of touch with the real issues of the modern workplace?