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The U.S. unemployment rate may be in the double-digits, but professional economists appear to be doing OK. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is not sufficiently granular to offer any clues into the state of the job market for economists. Yet this bloated program for this weekend's annual meeting of the American Economic Association, provides interesting anecdotal evidence. The conference boasts over 9,000 participants, 657 papers and some 158 sessions. As automatic stabilizers go, tenure sure is hard to beat.