Here's a graph I stole from Ezra:

paid_vacation_international


The U.S., it seems, isn't that little bar on the right hand side showing ten days of paid leave and zero paid holidays. That bar's Japan. The U.S. is to the right of Japan -- i.e., blank -- a country with no legislatively mandated vacation time whatsoever. Unlike most other rightwing economic policies it at least is clear that this does boost GDP (people work more, more stuff gets made) but seemingly at the cost of making it increasingly hard for many people to find time to spend with their families. On the other hand, I will agree that Finland may have taken things too far in the other direction.