Kevin Williamson does an apt job at responding.
I personally don’t spend much time on Krugman’s columns. I find his lapses in logic laughable and the fact that he gets so much attention as evidence of a nation lacking in critical thinking skills.
Just as an example, first Kruman writes (emphasis-added):
Several factors underlie this rapid population growth: a high birth rate, immigration from Mexico, and inward migration of Americans from other states, who are attracted to Texas by its warm weather and low cost of living, low housing costs in particular.
A few paragraphs later he writes:
What Texas shows is that a state offering cheap labor and, less important, weak regulation can attract jobs from other states.
The point is that arguing from this experience that depressing wages and dismantling regulation in America as a whole would create more jobs…involves a fallacy of composition: every state can’t lure jobs away from every other state.
Wouldn’t you think it plausible that a state with a lower cost of living, and ‘low housing costs in particular’, would also have lower wages? Just sayin…
And as far as the McJobs argument goes, I’ve never understood it.
If folks are willing to work, let them. They may learn something. They may acquire skills and get a chance to earn more as they get better. That’s much more productive than waiting.
I started out for less than minimum wage. I learned a great deal and built experience that I still draw on today. That was much more valuable than watching reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies.
Though, Williamson’s response casts doubt on the accuracy of Krugman’s claim in that regard as well.