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The Insourcing Boom - Charles Fishman - The Atlantic
"After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States."
business  business-model  outsourcing  american  economics  capitalism  production  manufacturing 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Welcome to the Knowledge Factory | Common Dreams
"Just as American manufacturing turned belly-up in the face of the out-sourcing of labor in the globalized market in the 1990s, higher ed is now poised to do exactly the same thing with the professoriate.

Distance learning, the fastest growing segment of the higher education market, will make it possible for a Ph.D. in New Delhi to teach that big section of Chemistry 100 to students from all over the world.  And in New Delhi, $4,000 will probably seem like pretty good money."
education  academia  work  labor  online  e-learning  mooc  economics  outsourcing 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Steve Rattner, Card Carrying Member of Top 1%, Tells Us We Should Lie Back and Enjoy Much Lower Wages Resulting From Globalization « naked capitalism
"Until the 2000s, in every economic expansion, labor got the bulk of the increase in GDP, typically over 60%, via more jobs and increased pay. Post 2000, there was an astonishing change, a shift from labor share, which fell to below 30%, and a massive increase in corporate profits. In other words, there was huge shift away from labor to capital. This has little to do with globalization and much to do with the weakened bargaining power of US workers. As much as it has become fashionable to look down on unions (and their corruption and short-sightedness hasn’t helped), having well paid blue collar workers helped the negotiating position of non-unionized white collar employees."
economics  capital  labor  outsourcing  international  free-trade 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Science and hobbies | through the looking glass
"regular event with the Biochemical Society exploring science online. Last week, we had one on science and hobbies, a combination that doesn’t need the web to come about, but is arguably facilitated by it. I know the word ‘hobby’ seemed a bit off-puttingly folksy for some, but I wanted to capture the difference between doing or talking about science for a living, and doing/ talking about science in one’s spare time. Fully aware that this divide isn’t clear cut, I thought the topic would generate debate. I think it did." Annotated link
citizen-science  hobbies  science  crowdsourcing  morality  outsourcing  labor  work  public-understanding  engagment  public 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings
" Motivated by these patterns, we argue that it is valuable to consider a richer framework for analyzing how recent changes in the earnings and employment distribution in the United States and other advanced economies are shaped by the interactions among worker skills, job tasks, evolving technologies, and shifting trading opportunities. We propose a tractable task-based model in which the assignment of skills to tasks is endogenous and technical change may involve the substitution of machines for certain tasks previously performed by labor. We further consider how the evolution of technology in this task-based setting may be endogenized. We show how such a framework can be used to interpret several central recent trends, and we also suggest further directions for empirical exploration. "
economics  technology  technology-effects  work  labor  routine  offshoring  outsourcing  middle-class  education  skills 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Degrees and Dollars -
"The belief that education is becoming ever more important rests on the plausible-sounding notion that advances in technology increase job opportunities for those who work with information — loosely speaking, that computers help those who work with their minds, while hurting those who work with their hands.

Some years ago, however, the economists David Autor, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane argued that this was the wrong way to think about it. Computers, they pointed out, excel at routine tasks, “cognitive and manual tasks that can be accomplished by following explicit rules.” Therefore, any routine task — a category that includes many white-collar, nonmanual jobs — is in the firing line. Conversely, jobs that can’t be carried out by following explicit rules — a category that includes many kinds of manual labor, from truck drivers to janitors — will tend to grow even in the face of technological progress. "
economics  technology  technology-effects  work  labor  routine  offshoring  outsourcing  middle-class  education 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Restoring American Competitiveness -
Decades of outsourcing manufacturing has left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy.
business  innovation  american  future  economics  competition  international  trade  manufacturing  recession  r&d  investment  industry  outsourcing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Globalization Leads to Civic Leadership Culture Dominated by Real Estate Interests |
Why is it that "real estate interests" dominate in a local economy like Cleveland? Because, to a great extent, they are among the only ones left. Consider the local industries that were not as subject to roll-ups. Principal among these are real estate development, construction, and law. This means the local leadership of a community is now made up of executives in those industries, and they bring a very different world view versus the previous generation.
urban  economics  outsourcing  civic  culture  city 
august 2009 by tsuomela
What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? - Umair Haque -
The results are surprising. An American made iPod Classic costs just 23% more than a Chinese made iPod Classic: $58 more, to be precise. The same relationship holds across the iPod family (price differentials in the 20-30% range) The iPod is a durable good, so that's a difference — but smaller than one might expect.
money  trade  ipod  apple  labor  outsourcing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Airline industry in a jam | Chicago Tribune
Flight 1073 shows how easy it is for a situation to go from bad to worse, especially when carriers operate with little, no slack
systems  air-travel-failure  chaos  outsourcing  complexity  business  via:brianalexander 
june 2007 by tsuomela

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