But in areas where the supply of labor is relatively inelastic, such as scientific-technical workers, the state steps in by socializing the cost of education and training. For example, that program so beloved of "progressives" who await the second coming of FDR: the G.I. Bill.

In a partially analogous situation, where the local supply of manufacturing labor was rendered unnaturally inelastic by the laws of settlement, the state came to the rescue by acting as procurer of labor, selling workers from the parish poor houses in labor-rich areas to those in the labor-poor manufacturing areas.

From: Bryan Caplan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: correction
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 14:26:58 -0400

Of course I meant to say that labor supply elasticity is near-zero, not near-infinte. Thanks to Alex for pointing it out.
Prof. Bryan Caplan
Department of Economics George Mason University
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