This Week in the News…

Posted: July 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Monday, July 3, USA Today

Iran Denounces Criticism of Spy Verdicts

“‘The problem is not just with this case but the whole judicial system,’ says Shaul Bakhash, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia. He notes that dozens of Muslim Iranians, primarily journalists and human-rights campaigners, have been jailed in recent months. Like the Jews, they appear to be victims of a power struggle between moderates aligned with President Mohammed Khatami and conservatives who fear that Iran is moving inexorably from the strict Islamic codes and hostility toward the West that characterized the revolution in 1979.”

Monday, July 3, Seattle Times

Price Is Steep for Poor Service: Disrespect, Blunders Hurt GDP

“Economist and George Mason University professor Jack High calls this overly optimistic. Filling the gap between the actual GDP and potential GDP requires many assumptions about the economy, he said. ‘The idea that we would increase the GDP by 1.5 (percentage points) with better service is optimistic,’ High said. The United States already enjoys a strong, powerful economy without reaching its potential, with a GDP of about $7 trillion, he said. Our present GDP growth already shows strong performance and increasing productivity in telecommunications, computers and software development, he said. Still, High said, the service industries are growing, and higher quality in services offered creates higher productivity.”

Monday, July 3, Washington Post

Who’s High-Tech? Who’s Counting?

“A study by the Greater Washington Initiative shows that the District and the surrounding metropolitan area had 12,364 high-technology companies in 1999 employing 242,130 workers, compared with 12,183 firms with 230,700 employees in 1998. The 1999 numbers put the region above other high-tech hubs, including Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Austin and Atlanta…. Stephen S. Fuller, a regional analyst at George Mason University, said there are at least 400,000 high-tech workers in the region–nearly double the number in the Greater Washington Initiative study…. ‘They include some companies that you should exclude and they exclude some companies that you should include,’ Fuller said. ‘The high-tech population is a very transient one to count.'”

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