Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bleakonomics

Can a famous economist show us the way? Metromode has an interview with Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt discussing Michigan's battered economy and the prospects for improvement:

"The problems of the rustbelt are just some incredibly difficult problems. I wish I had some magic bullet to offer but it's just tough. In terms of the economy it all comes down to, essentially, workforce productivity. Can you make things people want cheaper than other people can make them?"

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