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Thursday, May 19, 2005

What Were the 10 Worst Jobs in History?

From the Canadian version of the History Channel,
In celebration of some of the worst jobs over the last 2000 years, we ask our viewers to test their knowledge of the worst jobs in history. Challenge yourself with our fun and interactive quiz.
I got an 8/10 and should have done better.

The problem I had with the quiz was I'm not convinced that, relative to feasible options at the time, these were the worst jobs in history.

Did people who did these jobs receive compensating variations in the wages? Would the greatest compensating variation indicate the "worst" job in the sense of the job needing the greatest extra pay to get people to do it? When you take the quiz, you realize they aren't talking about slaves, necessarily, and so we might expect some evidence exists somewhere on this question.
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