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The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
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Jul 18, 11

Very interesting economics study. A Georgetown U. economics professor attended a protest demonstration and listened to one of her students speak from a bull horn deriding the plight of third world sweat shop workers. She asked, "Is that true?" and so she spent the better part of three years researching and documenting her studies. ...Rivoli describes the history and application of cotton agriculture, trade with China and Southeast Asia and the evolution of the global textile industry. Finally, we learn about the second life market and how discarded western apparel donated to Goodwill and Salvation Army is a billion dollar industry in Africa. This does not have the personality or quirky appeal of Freakonomics, but it is chatty, anecdotal and entertaining.

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