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Tracking the Auto Industry

— by on May 15th, 2009

If you want to stay abreast of the rapidly changing automobile industry, W&L economics professor Mike Smitka’s blog, Autos and Economics, is a good place to go. Smitka has been studying the auto industry for decades, and his posts fill in the blanks of daily news coverage about the problems the industry is facing. Earlier this week, before Chrysler announced its plans to close a quarter of its dealerships, Mike wrote at length about the relationship between manufacturers and dealers. He was also interviewed yesterday for a story on WDBJ in Roanoke about the closing of area dealerships. You can watch the story here.