Video Games and Unemployment Links

Video Games and Unemployment Links
Video Games

 

Economists have published a paper that examines a potential link between “high-quality video games” and a declining employment rate for young adults.

Reported by The Economist, Mark Aguiar, Mark Bulks, Kerwin Charles and Erik Hurst identified such games as “leisure luxuries” that are “are contributing to a decline in work among young people, and especially young men.”

Documented from 2000 and 2015, the employment rate for men in their 20s and without a college education dropped from 82% to 72%. The article cites that people in this group “often live at their parents’ homes and tend not to marry at the same rate as their peers.”

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