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Any invention that replaces human labor puts an end to that specific task. Glass recycling eliminates (or decrease) the need for silica-gathering task. Typewriter eliminates the need for printing press typesetter. Etc. Those people whose tasks are eliminated will get reallocated to their most productive use. This might be in the form of job change (silica ...


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In the classical model, recycling (and most other changes in modes of consumption) doesn't change employment either way in the long term. The jobs gained by recycling are lost from other sectors and the jobs lost are gained. Shifting away from the classical model, there are short term changes in employment from shocks in which recycling as a profession ...


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