Dr. Kevin E. Cahill, ECONorthwest senior economist, today published the opinion piece "Ichiro and the Employer-Employee Relationship" in the Seattle Times. It reads:
MY brother, Brian, has been a Mariners fan since 1983, when he was just 13 years old. Brian called me on Monday night with the news. "Can you believe they traded Ichiro after 11 years with the Mariners?" His voice then stopped. After a long pause he said, "I've had it. I've had it with this team." It's an empty threat, but my brother is hurting, and his comments are understandable.
Separation is never easy, and it shouldn't be. Unfortunately, it is now ingrained in our culture. Don't like your spouse? Get a divorce. Don't like your job? Quit. That also means that if your spouse doesn't like you, you're out of luck, and if your employer doesn't like how you're performing, you're fired. And, sadly, if you're an aging baseball player, you're traded (or you ask to be traded). Ichiro went to the Yankees.
All I can offer my brother and other die-hard Mariners fans is some insight as an economist.
The rest of the peice is available here.
Dr. Kevin E. Cahill specializes in the economics of aging, labor and health economics, and statistical methods. He is a senior economist and the managing director of ECONorthwest's new office in Boise, Idaho. Read more about ECONortwest's expanding presence in Idaho.