I am alive! Just busy with the move and the newborn and all that.
Ian Bremmer is a smart guy. I went to graduate school with him. More importantly, he is born and raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which is like Brooklyn only without any influx of hipsters to make it cool. And so, I envy Ian. Chelsea, now, I wish I were from Chelsea. Instead of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Ian also says some smart things with an incredibly stupid choice of headline: “Is Mexico the New China?” The answer? No! Except in the ludicrously limited sense of being the top importer to the United States. That said, I am sure that Ian did not pick the headline, given the link reads “5-statistics-that-explained-the-world-this-week.”
Readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that Mexico has reclaimed the title of biggest importer away from the Asian contenders, albeit at little gain to itself. On the other hand, such gain is good for America! Or at least those who benefit from the components that go into Mexican production. Which I suspect are mostly the owners of U.S. robots and mechanical men, these days.
What do we know about the labor input to U.S. exports to Mexico? A lot! Research needed. Go, young graduate student, go!