`` the rush to offshore over the last decade may be more of a fad than the result of immutable laws of comparative advantage. Everybody was doing it, and on the surface it helped the bottom line. But it also introduced so many unknowns into the manufacturing process that, for some, supposed advantages may turn out to be fleeting. It's not clear yet what Apple's reasoning is for making Macs in the U.S., but its a good bet that, for a company obsessed with design and quality control, proximity and the ability to manage every aspect of the manufacturing process will yield economic benefits.''

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