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Assorted Links Friday

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Assorted Links Friday
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Leaked Amazon memo warns the company is running out of people to hire: Amazon is facing a looming crisis: It could run out of people to hire in its US warehouses by 2024, according to leaked Amazon internal research from mid-2021!

  • The company expects to exhaust its entire available labor pool in the Phoenix, Arizona
  • Metro area by the end of 2021, and in the Inland Empire region of California, roughly 60 miles east of Los Angeles, by the end of 2022

The lucrative economics of expert witnesses: The Depp-Heard trial was the latest courtroom battle to call attention to the gainful microeconomy of expert witnesses.

The end of the millennial lifestyle subsidy: Something beyond rising energy and labor costs is leading to sticker shock on once-cheap urban amenities.

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bridgewater leaders imagine markets in 2052: We asked top executives to tell us which innovations will make a difference in the next 30 years.

Americans and their biggest fear:

Demand shifting from owning to renting: A little over a year ago, the monthly cost of owning (as we calculate it*) and renting were virtually identical. Now, owning a home costs $839 more per month than renting. This differential is almost $200 higher than at any time since the turn of the century.

10.8% of all US homes are sitting vacant. This is the lowest in 20 years, but very similar to the 1990s:


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Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. By day: Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, Texas.