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One thing I've been hearing more and more recently is that the U.S. is losing jobs to "cheap foreign labor".

But is that really true? Our family's latest purchase is a nice, albeit expensive, high chair - made with, not cheap, but expensive foreign labor from Norway. It's just a few pieces of wood and metal put together very cleverly to make something usable by a growing child for years:


I rarely see things like this made in the U.S. Why not? It isn't "cheap foreign labor", since the foreign labor involved is expensive - about as expensive as U.S. labor. There's something else at work here - some other reason that the U.S. doesn't do this kind of high margin manufacturing.
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On October 31st, 2011 04:03 am (UTC), psychohist commented:
Actually, the fact that this high chair could last an entire childhood makes it more likely that we'll buy another for the other child, rather than giving him this one as a hand me down sooner rather than later.

Your point is taken, however. It's likely that manufacturing is simply the wrong place to look for job generation.
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On October 31st, 2011 04:45 am (UTC), kirisutogomen replied:
Oh, sure, I assumed each of your children would get their own chair; I meant "next generation" literally, as in Margaret's children and Duncan's children.
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