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Developing Story iPhone Production Cannot Return to U.S.

Discussion in 'General Personal Finance Discussions' started by Robert Heiny, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Robert Heiny

    Robert Heiny Research Scientist of Learning and Education Flight Instructor

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    David Barbosa told Charlie Rose January 30, 2012, that everyday conversations on subways and buses are different in China and the U.S. Barbosa considers these differences reflecting a growing economy in China and a mature economy in the U.S.

    Conversations in China are about work, looking forward to working harder and more. In the U.S., people talk about fun, entertainment, seldom about looking forward to work.

    He tells of seldom reported suicides, including possible mass suicides, of workers in China due in part to the production of electronic equipment such as iPads, iPhones and other products you are using now to read this post. The human cost of this production appears inconsistent with the way most people choose to live in the U.S.

    Barbosa says that Steve Jobs told President Obama that producing Apple products in the U.S. cannot happen. U.S. production is too slow to change while in China a production change can occur literally within hours by (willing) workers.

    View video of this interview.

    I wonder why economists in the U.S. don't use such comparisons to capture mind share of undergraduate students in at least government schools and universities?

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