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Global manufacturing and the future of technology

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Science  01 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6196, pp. 519-520
DOI: 10.1126/science.1250193

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The global locus of manufacturing has been changing dramatically over the last three decades, driven by industrializing nations, most prominently China. Classical economics suggests that global productivity gains achieved by shifting the location of manufacturing will outweigh the losses (1). But shifts in the global locus of manufacturing may affect not just production costs, but the nature and pace of technological change.