> I'm sorry to bother you with this.  I just looked up
> the time series for total private average hourly
> earnings, seasonally adjusted, in 1982 dollars on the
> BLS web site.  It comes back that they've been
> more-or-less constant since 1964.
> I'm floored.  Is this right, or am I doing something
> wrong.  I thought that real wages were generally
> higher today than in the past, ups & downs
> notwithstanding.  Why are we better off today?
> (Better products & two wage households would be a
> start, I guess.)

If you measure wages in desk calculators instead of dollars, I'm sure
they've gone up substantially!  ;-)


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