2015 Hessler one-page memo

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Due Friday 20 February in class
One-page memo on Hessler Part III on the Lishui factory

1.5-spaced, justified text, 1″ margins, Times New Roman font, 11 pt, one blank line in between paragraphs [that is 8 pt before/after in MSWord paragraph settings]. This gives you an effective length of roughly 450 words.

See the sample memo below for the layout – To, Re, From, Date then content. You may choose to whom you address the memo [a friend, your parents…] and you may choose the topic. Pick something that you believe illustrates one narrow component of how China grew. Don’t be afraid though to pick a quirky topic, as per my first paragraph. [The remain is lorem ipsum filler to check the layout and length…]

Remember our “growth model” framework: productivity improvements, capital investment, and labor force growth [including “human capital” skills] lie behind aggregate output increases. You can also pick other points such as how cities contributed. [Could the factory have been successful if planted in the middle of a village? what other new possibilities did the formation of Lishui open up?]

Sample layout checked in MSWord and in Nisus Writer Pro to confirm that it fits in one page:

To: Prof. Gloria Smitka
Re: Urbanization & New Job Opportunities: Peep Shows
From: Prof. Michael Smitka
Date: 2015.02.17

By bringing economic activity together in one location, new possibilities arise that increase the range and productivity of activities. In economics, this is termed agglomeration economies, a concept developed in the New Urban Economics that Paul Krugman (together with Masahisa Fujita) developed, building on a foundation that goes back to Walter Isard. The “peep show” in Hessler’s Country Driving is an example of such economies.

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Quoting [with edits for brevity] from Wikipedia, “Lorem ipsum” text is derived from sections 1.10.32–3 of Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Ends of Goods and Evils, or alternatively [About] The Purposes of Good and Evil).[2] The original passage began: Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci velit (translation: “Neither is there anyone who loves, pursues or desires pain itself because it is pain”).

This text is used as filler for checking the layout of sample page formats. For example, WordPress (this blogging software) uses it in sample pages of the various “themes” from which you can choose for blog layout (columns on right/left, picture or no picture at the top). It is not known exactly when the text acquired its current standard form; it may have been as late as the 1960s. Dr. Richard McClintock, a Latin scholar who was the publications director at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, discovered the source of the passage sometime before 1982 while searching for instances of the Latin word “consectetur”, rarely used in classical literature.[1][a] The physical source of the Lorem Ipsum text may be the 1914 Loeb Classical Library Edition of the De Finibus, where the Latin text begins page 36 with “lorem ipsum (et seq.)…”, suggesting that the galley type of that page was scrambled to make the dummy text seen today.

A translation of a portion of the relevant passage from the Loeb edition would be … “[32] But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing of a pleasure and praising pain was born …. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain …

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