Firestone Tires: Scabs Killed Motorists

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Mon Aug 14 14:32:49 PDT 2000

Tom Lehman wrote:

>It also goes for metal parts

Speaking of which, I was just reading a paper by Jack Triplett on the new economy. In it he says:

"It is amazing to see quality improvements to automobiles in the 1990's, great as they have been, held up as part of the unprecedented improvement story, or-as in a press account I read recently-quality change in automobiles given as an example of the new economy, contrasted with a ton of steel in the old. Actually, the first thing wrong with that contrast is that quality change in a ton of steel has been formidable."

Is steel really lots better today than it was 50 years ago? How?


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