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The Week contest: Santa shortage

This week's question: The tight labor market and concerns over Covid have created a shortage of Santas, leaving malls and other businesses scrambling to find bearded men in red suits, who can charge up to $200 an hour. In seven words or fewer, please come with the title of an economic study about the disruptions in the Santa market.

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THE WINNER: "How the labor pinch stole Christmas"

Laurel Rose, Pittsburgh

SECOND PLACE: "Claus for alarm"

Paul Steinmeyer, Englewood, Colorado

THIRD PLACE: "The plight before Christmas"

Timothy O'Brien, Mineral Ridge, Ohio

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

"The elf of nations"

Alexandra Schmidt, Niskayuna, New York

"Ho ho whoa! Economy slows Santa shows"

Phyllis Klein, New York City

"Santa shortage sleighs profits"

Alexander Vileno, Providence, Rhode Island

"No big dough, no ho ho ho"

Paul Bohac, Black River Falls, Wisconsin

"Why Santa Claus isn't comin' to town"

George Strong, Plano, Texas

"Ho ho ho: The new laffer curve"

Joel Nelson, Goleta, California

"Nice demand, naughty supply: Claus and effect"

Beth Simon, Oakland, California

"Kris Ka-chingle!"

Patrick Sturn, Wynantskill, New York

"No, no, no, ho, ho, ho!"

Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana

"The cause of no Claus"

Doug Johnston, Erie, Pennsylvania

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