Does physical location matter in today's economy? Nine Shift post!

Thu, May 23,2013 @ 10:16 AM
by Suzanne Kart |

Does where you live, and where your company is headquartered, matter economically for both your work organization and for you?  Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, says yes.  We're skeptical. Our initial reaction: he's wrong.

Here's what Moretti writes, "Where you live matters more than ever. Whether you work 009 2013-03-26 Staff Dinner 011inside or outside the innovation sector, whether you are self-employed or work for others, where you live greatly affects all aspects of your life, from your career to your finances, from the kind of people you meet to the values your children are exposed to." 

He dismisses telecommuting as "incredibly rare," without citing any statistics to counter the data that telework is growing each year. He dismisses cities like Cleveland and Milwaukee, that while overall are clearly rust belt, nevertheless having growing downtown hubs of urban professionals.  

What do you think?

This post was written by William A. Draves, who authored "Nine Shift: Work, Life, and Education in the 21st Century" with Julie Coates. Their latest book is "Pedagogy of the 21st Century." This post originally appeared on the Nine Shift blog.

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