iPhone and Trade Deficit

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    Posted: 15 December 2010 11:04 PM

    An interesting analysis of how the iPhone contributes to the trade deficit with China, reported here:

    http://www.dailymarkets.com/economy/2010/12/15/iphone-added-2billion-to-trade-deficit-wchina/

    He says that the methodology of calculating trade deficits may result in conclusions that are less useful than commonly thought.

         
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    Posted: 16 December 2010 08:22 AM #1

    Sad, but this story is being picked up by agencies including NPR, where I heard it, it’s message corrupted into simply “the iPhone adds billions to the US trade deficit”, the very postulation the author is disproving.

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  • Posted: 16 December 2010 09:09 AM #2

    Please see the thread on ‘Asymco on owning factories’.

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