Rich People Work Longer Hours Than Poor People Do

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen wrote The Theory of the Leisure Class, where he referred to the rich, ruling class as lazy people who do leisurely work if at all.

Fast forward a hundred years or so, and the opposite is now true: rich people work longer hours than poor people do!

Here's an op-ed piece by economist Dalton Conley for The New York Times:

Perhaps for the first time since we’ve kept track of such things, higher-income folks work more hours than lower-wage earners do. Since 1980, the number of men in the bottom fifth of the income ladder who work long hours (over 49 hours per week) has dropped by half, according to a study by the economists Peter Kuhn and Fernando Lozano. But among the top fifth of earners, long weeks have increased by 80 percent.

This is a stunning moment in economic history: At one time we worked hard so that someday we (or our children) wouldn’t have to. Today, the more we earn, the more we work, since the opportunity cost of not working is all the greater (and since the higher we go, the more relatively deprived we feel).

In other words, when we get a raise, instead of using that hard-won money to buy “the good life,” we feel even more pressure to work since the shadow costs of not working are all the greater.

Link - via kottke

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I think it's ok to shoplift from department stores and wealthy owned businesses because they really don't lose money. If you need food, steal it. It's ok. The rich should pay for everything anyway. Go to restaurants all you middle and poor people and dine and dash. Make those wealthy restauranteurs pay for it.
The rich don't deserve respect. They deserve all their wealth distributed evenly to every middle and poor person in the world and the US. Sell their stocks, freeze their assets, tax the hell out of them.

We need to abolish all universities,colleges, banks, real estate, government by the wealthy white christian heterosexual elite, we need to take action and fight. They are the enemy of the environment, the enemy of the poor, enemy of everything. They stole lands, raped,pillaged,murdered for greed. Shame on them.
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I don't believe for a second that rich people work harder. I've worked for lots of rich people who never did a precious thing except snort cocaine and take pills. They are just animals driven by fear, lust and greed. One thing is for sure the parasites of this world don't "work".
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I have noticed that the people doing my exact job ( it's a sales job ) that come from wealthy families are the top billers in my business. We are all granted the same opportunities at work to be successful, however my colleagues who have grown up with money are more successful. That is why I started researching this topic. It would seem in my opinion that the people who have the least amount of money and/or most responsibility would work that much harder out of necessity.

I think there are two reasons why this is not true. People that are struggling financially often times seem to complain much more about the economy, the market conditions, etc. It's as if they feel sorry for themselves more than their silver spoon colleagues.

Secondly, I feel that the wealthier group simply has a stronger work ethic. Obviously, it is nice to be able to drive to work in a Lexus, have a Coach briefcase and Italian leather shoes. It gives you confidence and in sales, confidence is key.

All in all, I feel that wealthy people truly feel that they deserve and in turn expect to be wealthy while a lesser sect of people tend to think the opposite. They tend to make excuses as to why they aren't successful and constantly seek change when times are tough.
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hello im halil kelmendi im from kosovo im poor peolpe and i have problem with heart so can you help me Im 15 years old tell me please in my e-mail my e-mail is
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i had to write for dontcomplains coment. hey dontcomplain . after u walk sa mile in my shoes then u open ur mouth. otherwise u stfu as well. and yes the rich do have it easy. not hard paying some one to run shit right. and if u consider travel for meeting and visiting these other countries. where do i sign up for this job 200k a year for traveling and just sitting there. real hard work.
200k to lift a breif case and open it. hope they dont sue for arthritis for opening there breifcases.

so u stfu as well.
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