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The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
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Jul 18, 2011

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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: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, but it is chatty, anecdotal and entertaining.

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Eat.Sleep.Lift.Read. "The inscrutability [of economics] is perhaps not unintentional.  It gives endless employment to dialecticians who otherwise might become public charges or, at very worst, swindlers and tricksters."
Jack Vance

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Lyn Thanks ESLR, a Vance quote is always good to read

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Chris Gager I recall walking on the street in Conakry, Guinea(W. Africa) one day and spotting a guy with a "Cornhuskers" t-shirt. I doubt that he had any idea what it meant!

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Lyn ;)

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