By Dennis Meyers
This has little or nothing to do with the outlook for California, but a puzzling factoid appeared in the news recently.
“According to the research that was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey …Police officers, physicians and economists rounded out the top five most sleep-deprived careers.” (read the article)
The top two most sleep deprived occupations were home health aides and lawyers. Following economists were social workers and computer programmers.
Even though this puts economists in good company, its not clear to me why the economics profession ranks so high in this category. Maybe its a guilty conscience over our forecasts that are always wrong. The survey could also have included an inordinate number of Wall Street economists, which makes this conclusion very understandable.
Any other hypotheses would be welcome.
Top seven most sleep deprived occupations:
- home health aides
- police officers
- social workers
- computer programmers