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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  375 ratings  ·  63 reviews
From a rising young economist, an examination of innovation and success, and where to find them in America. An unprecedented redistribution of jobs, population, and wealth is under way in America, and it is likely to accelerate in the years to come. America's new economic map shows growing differences, not just between people but especially between communities. In this imp ...more
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Published May 22nd 2012 by Mariner Books
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John Barbour
This was my first foray into geographical economics or economic geography. The bottom line to the book is this: Jobs cluster around innovative centers. Because of this, there is a great divergence in salaries and standard of living that is taking place in America between the most and least innovative metropolitan areas. This has created three Americas (including the middle between the extremes).

All of this is because of a thing called agglomeration that occurs in innovative areas from such seemi
Paul Signorelli
UC Berkeley professor of economics Enrico Moretti, in "The New Geography of Jobs," creates a wonderful complement to Richard Florida's books (e.g., "The Rise of the Creative Class" and "Who’s Your City?") through his explorations of how our choices regarding our education and where we live affect the career and earnings options available to us. His first-rate research, combined with his ability to make information visceral through storytelling, make this an engaging work that never loses sight o ...more
Highly recommend this book! Besides labor and urban economists, this book will be useful for those interested in jobs, innovation, workforce development, education and more. It attempts to explain why high-tech jobs are located primarily in the Silicon Valley, Raleigh-Durham, and Boston/Cambridge, why high-skilled immigrants are important for the U.S. economy, why your neighbor's salary affects yours, and more. Moreover, I've found it interesting to look at job creation and development from a ci ...more
Christian Overbey
This is an enlightening book. It attempts to explain income inequalities, income pricing, and global economies in the US context. It is depressing and exhilarating with winners and losers. If you feel like the 1950's were the best time ever, you will not particularly like the news.

There are bright spots and not so bright spots...craft is coming back, kind of. Everything will be mass produced, unless it is high-end specialties for well paid innovation workers.

Innovation is where it's at. That sh
Unlike some economists who argue that the American economy will be stagnant for decades, Moretti, an economist, is cautiously and refreshingly optimistic. What Americans need to take advantage of are exploiting the innovative brain hubs the country already has, such as Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, and add to them. If you aren't living and working in one of these places, your earning potential will be sharply curtailed. These brain hubs attract high ...more
This is a great book and I would absolutely recommend it for anyone trying to get a deeper understanding of the economic situation in the United States.

So why four stars?

As a person soon returning to the US after about 9 years abroad and looking at a career change (along with more schooling) in the process, I was expecting some concrete ideas on career paths to pursue and cities/states to think about moving to.

This type of information is not in the book. Well, to be fair, a handful of cities are
Apr 27, 2014 Lily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interest in U.S. economy & jobs
Recommended to Lily by: Browsing various books
Read about 80% of this and then collided with library deadline. Lots of interesting economic perspectives in it; the sort of stuff I've moved away from following since retiring. Am going to suggest to my son to read; may even get him a copy that I could finish first. ;-0

Suggests the importance of innovation centers to fuel growth of cities and urban areas. Stresses the importance of thought leaders and innovators to attract talent. Some say there is not a lot new or useful here -- hard to imple
Alfiero  Santarelli
Disappointing. Moretti sits in the bellybutton of the economy driver, Silicon Valley, and from that distorting perspective he observes everything that is going on in the US and the world concerning the polarization of the job market. Starts from a very interesting thesis, that innovative people are attracted from innovation hubs and this has a spillover effect on the local economy, but then he bends all data and evidences to support it and what is worse, he is clearly stating that "all this is g ...more
Most of this book can be distilled to the following points:

- Regions dependent on traditional manufacturing jobs are dying; tech-heavy, innovation, and service-sector regions are booming. (Wow, really?)
- City decline (or growth) continues to gain momentum until it's almost impossible to reverse.
- "Innovation" jobs are a small slice of the pie but have an outsized impact to a region because they draw several times as many traditional support jobs that can't be outsourced.
- Opponents to immigratio
David Schuster
Seldom is a non-fiction author writing for me - I'm a weird reader. This could have been slightly (what was it missing exactly?) tighter or faster or briefer or something. But it was thought-provoking and inspiring, so I think you should read it, too. I am beginning to recognize the enduring strengths of our country and planning to improve upon them.

Favorite quote:

"There are two ways to increase human capital in America. One way is to dramatically improve the quality of education—particularly hi
I was actually pretty surprised at how much I didn't enjoy this book, since I had been looking forward to reading it for a while. Perhaps it's because Moretti's basic premise, that economic goods clusters are great for the economy because they promote growth, is really not anything new (see anything that Michael Porter has ever written). There might be a slight new angle in that the technology sector is now the beloved cluster example of choice and is different from past clusters like manufactur ...more
Steven Slaughter
Just beginning, but this book looks promising. An exploration of the importance of location in the success of its citizens. The author's contention is that location matters; unlike "The World is Flat," innovative companies do not gravitate to the cheapest places to live. While global manufacturing may function this way, in the US, innovation is the real commodity, and so where hubs of innovation cluster, everyone is that community will do better than comparable folks in stagnant or dying cities ...more
Michael Griswold
Enrico Moretti doesn't present a complicated thesis in The New Geography of Jobs. At its' core, its' quite simple actually: Communities that have become innovative, have plentiful job openings and are looking for people, while the old manufacturing belt failed to innovate and is in a decline. The thesis is a challenge to the conventional wisdom that manufacturing is the key to job growth. He's found that innovation actually creates more jobs than manufacturing, yet he admits that not every commu ...more
"If production keeps increasing, how come manufacturing jobs keep disappearing? The reason for this apparent contradiction is that thanks to technological improvements and investment in new and more sophisticated machinery, U.S. factories ares significantly more efficient than they used to be, so fewer and fewer American workers are needed to produce the same number of goods. ... Take General Motors, for example. In the 1950s, the glory years of Detroit, each GM employee made on average seven ca ...more
This book has a really interesting premise: American cities that are centers of innovation (San Francisco, Boston, Raleigh-Durham) thrive because the influx of high-tech jobs means that a bunch of support jobs are in demand. So for every software engineer you hire, there's a job for a barber, waitress, garbage truck driver, et cetera.

I think this is important because that's how modern American cities thrive. Manufacturing in America is a thing of the past because you can pick up and move a facto
Fenix Rose
With all the talk about jobs mostly just talking points and finger pointing, it was good to get a broader view. To see the bigger picture you need to step back, view the past, view the long run and not just brief snips, view current trends and where things may be headed.

Manufacturing because of technology has changed. The powerhouses of manufacturing that created teh middle class..that is mid-skill level workers..are things of the past as automation has taken over for most of that work. Even so
Nupur Vanderlick
A book I wish I had read about 5 years back. This incredibly insightful book combines history, sociology, geography, economics and a deep knowledge about the nature and dynamics of work - not only in the US but all over the world.
We have historically understood that the rewards of job search efforts belong to those who know the right people at the right places. This book effectively challenges that notion by providing data, graphs and insightful observation to present a compelling case for loca
This book is a review ad update on research regarding the economics of geographic clusters in the US. It builds on an important line of work (including that of Krugman that was important in his Nobel Prize) which seeks to explain the emergence of various industry clusters, most notably those in Silicon Valley outside San Francisco or along Route 128 in the Boston area.

The idea is that geography is very important in US economic growth. While some metropolitan areas are growing and prospering, oth
The main thesis of this book is that place still matters. By extension, geography still matters. In themes reminiscent of De Blij's book, "The Power of Place"; where a person lives is a strong determinant of economic success and stability. Where De Blij's book is a counter- argument to the "World is Flat", Moretti's book is focused more on the United States and what the comparative advantage location offers to the economic landscape of the US. I did read this book at the same time as "Tubes" and ...more
Interesting points:
- Fewer jobs in computer manufacturing than there were on 1985.

- High school graduates in the richest cities make more than college grads in the poorest.
- Skilled and unskilled workers complement each other
- Better educated workforce facilitates adoption of need and better technologies
- Human capital generates externalities

Anecdote to coming apart. Not about class it's about geography.
Phone and email are a way to transmit new ideas. They are no a way to come up with new
Todd Wright
Excellent, everyone should read this book. The author, an ecomomist at Berkeley has written a very accessible book about why some areas of our country such as Detroit are failing while others like San Francisco suffer only from gentrification. This book has changed the way I think about any number of econmic development issues. I am now certain that my state, Kentucky, it destined to remain a laggard for at least the next 25 years, probably longer.
If you don't like economic data, don't read this book. I found it fascinating, especially the clustering and compounding effect of just one decision, such as a brilliant researcher in a particular field essentially causing that field to thrive in his or her particular location. The author clearly outlines research that shows the right way and wrong way for governments to invest in "jobs." The author also makes a strong case for
1. fixing our immigration system to attract many more highly-skilled
Patricia Baker
Need for education

very interesting book...presents info that America needs to up its education of its children along with reform changes in allowing non-native highly educated professionals to enter the work force here. probably should have read this book before my last move...
Fairly interesting discussion of innovation hubs and the multiplier effect of generating high tech jobs. Moretti tends to give a lot of credit to the free market and private enterprise for creating the favorable conditions that lead to prosperity in the innovation hubs, while dismissing governmental efforts as largely ineffectual or inconsequential. Though to be fair, he states that government intervention is ineffective because it isn't on nearly a large enough scale or sufficient duration to b ...more
Robert Forte
Great book. It provided clarity on the new engine of the U.S. economy (innovation) and gave insights into the regions of growth and decline. I highly recommend it for anyway new to the job market or in the process of switching careers.
I am a big Richard Florida fan but Moretti has a different perspective on the success or failure of cities and I found it to be quite compelling. I was quite interested in the idea of the multiplier effect in cities with a lot of high-tech well-educated jobs - that other professions also benefit in those places with higher paid hairdressers etc. I also agree with the notion of investment in human capital. Some of the data associated with engineers and Ph.Ds are quite staggering with respect to h ...more
3.5 Stars. I really liked the ideas behind this book. They connected well with me, and I can see examples of the ideas about the value of a creative economy, beyond the Hollywood types. The book was broken down into intelligent chapters and easily readable.
Where you live determines how much money you make. Kind-of basic, but Moretti devles into why certain cities are pulling ahead and others are falling behind. He details the value of individual education, not just for the person but also for his neighbors. Having smart neighbors means all sorts of good things for you.

Why I started this book: I love geography and liking reading economic books... I was interested to see where they would cross.

Why I finished it: I want to move, I want to volunteer a
Louis Bouchard
This book discusses our transition to an information and service based economy.
What is most stressed is the value of creative centers, and what makes them.

I found the book interesting, but a bit heavy on narrative and weak on hard data. He charts some trends well, but makes a weak argument for their continuation.

I also found some of the claims overblown with regard to proximity to top technology centers. I'm a software engineer, and have found that the benefits of location are largely overstated
John Hill
I picked this up on amazon as a kindle daily deal and it was a fantastically insightful read! I don't read very much non-fiction, but Mr Moretti's style drew me in quickly.

It is an easy read and the ideas are transcribed in such a way that it is very easy for some like me, who struggled through college economics, to read.

I also found as an educator, that this book had several points where I had to set the book down and let the implications sink in.

While the title may just be about jobs, rest
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Enrico Moretti is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, whose research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other publications.
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