Eszter Hargittai at Crooked Timber challenges us to grab the nearest book, turn to page 123, go down to the fifth sentence and type in the next three sentences. So, in Richard Freeman's America Works, I find this:
"Because these countries [USSR, China, India] had approximately half the world's population, their entry into the global economy effectively doubled the nnumber of workers in the world's labor pool. Absent China, India, and the ex-Soviet bloc, there would have been about 1.46 billion workers in the global economy in 2000. The entry of these countries into the global economy raised the number of workers to 2.93 billion..."
Eszter got to write about chocolate, and here I am writing about the global labor force. Some people keep more fun books clase at hand than I do.