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But, as I suggest above, Germany is widely reputed to be a country that succeeds rather well in training skilled workers for the "middle" jobs that are manual but require technical capacity.

That doesn't necessarily prevent them from whining about it.

In the real world, employers don't "pay more to get more labour". They may offer more, in a competitive situation, in an attempt to attract what skilled labour is in fact available.

Yes. That's what I argued.

Don't quite get this. How does it apply to production for export?

You have a largely inflexible upper limit to how much labour your population can provide. When you hit that limit, a game of chicken begins between the consumers of labour, and prices go up until enough consumers of labour back out. When the utilisation goes significantly below that limit (i.e. when unemployment rises enough that employers do not have to engage in a bidding war), prices drop to whatever level organised labour is able to defend through political and/or monopoly power.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 03:03:21 AM EST
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