Job Creation: Analog or Digital, Formal or Informal, the Paper or Plastic of Our Day

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    You barely scratch the surface of the fallacies within that first Times article. First, how about selection bias: the author, Michael Ellsberg, only interviewed drop-outs who became millionaires and billionaires. How about college drop-outs generally? Second, Ellsberg touts the companies as “job-creators” — but what’s the proportion of college-dropout hires at companies that were founded by drop-outs, especially after those companies are past start-up stage? Third, there’s the notion that the purpose of education is job-creation; and fourth, that job-creation is some kind of highest Good. BTW on this last point, Italian economist Ernesto Screpanti has put forward a very clever Swiftian proposal showing that allowing voluntary slavery not would only eliminate unemployment while being Pareto-efficient, but actually is mandated by libertarian theories of justice (in Un mondo peggiore è possibile: Sei perle dalla triste scienza (2006), i.e. “A Worse World is Possible: Six Pearls from the Dismal Science”). Will we someday hear that proposed in earnest by America’s job-creationist politicians? No doubt sooner than we think.