Ross_Mosherunemployment[1] - Ross Mosher DSOC Essay # 2 H i...

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Ross Mosher DSOC Essay # 2 Hirschl TA: Sarah Alexander This interview, with David Simon, regarding his critically acclaimed work for the HBO series “The Wire” really gives us a chance to see Simon’s motivation and driving force behind his work. Throughout the interview we really get to see that through his years of work as a crime beat reporter in Baltimore he discovered and molded his social theory that defines America. Throughout the interview it becomes apparent that a major component of his theory is structural unemployment. Structural unemployment is unemployment that is not cyclical, or caused by lack of individual effort or job seeking. Structural unemployment is caused by weak aggregate demand for labor due to profit maximization strategies of firms that results in hiring fewer workers than the potential and/or actual number of job seekers. According to Simon, structural unemployment runs rampant in Baltimore at least in part to the expectations
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of the people of Baltimore. Simon mentions numerous times throughout the
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2010 for the course PHYSICS 213 taught by Professor Padamsee during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Ross_Mosherunemployment[1] - Ross Mosher DSOC Essay # 2 H i...

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