He’s either a luddite or a heartless bastard

The big news in London, Ontario, is the lockout of 400 workers at the Caterpillar-owned Electro Motive plant. Economist/professor/pundit Mike Moffatt takes a stab at figuring out where all the manufacturing jobs have gone (hint: you can’t blame NAFTA):

American and Canadian manufacturers are simply producing more with less. The average American and Canadian manufacturing worker produces 40 per cent more than he or she did a decade ago. Some of this is through higher levels of skills and education, but much of it comes from new technology and new investment in equipment and machinery. When we account for falling technology prices, there has been a massive increase in spending on equipment and machinery since the mid 1990s, with real (inflation adjusted) spending doubling in the last 15 years.

His analysis is pretty spot on. This observation doesn’t help those who have lost jobs or seen their income slashed, but if we don’t figure out exactly what is going on in the economy, there’s no way we’ll be able to effectively help those who are in need.

By the way, Prof. Moffatt is neither a luddite nor heartless. You should probably follow him on twitter and ask him about dodgeball (seriously).

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.


  1. Wow. That is some seriously hardcore dodgeball strategy. Much more than the Throw & Duck strategy I remember from growing up.

    • I started following Mike on twitter because I read an economics blog he contributes to. Quickly, I started reading all these dodgeball tweets. He’s dedicated, to say the least.

      I love it.

  2. Tod,

    Mark and E.D.??? For commenting privileges?

    Surely, you jest. They could not be more explicit in expressing their profound dislike and contempt for me. I can almost see and feel the guillotine come crashing down upon my neck.

    How about I just make this very simple and easy: Request denied. Drop dead.

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