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Manufacturing is still critical to the economy United States. Clyde Prestowitz, says it's time to start realizing the positive spillovers that manufacturing creates... Read more  

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Stephen Olson at Chinese Development Institute Conference

 

 Clyde Prestowitz giving presentation to CDI...

 

Steve Olson teaching trade negotiations at the Mekong Institute...

 

Stephen Olson to speak at upcoming workshop organized by the International Institute for Trade and Development on 

"Economics of GMS Agricultural trade in goods and services towards the world market"

Chiangmai, Thailand Sep 8-12.

(2/14/12) Newsweek quotes Prestowitz on Apple's manufacturing

Apple Caves on Audits

As pressure builds on its factory practices, Apple announced it would use a third-party group to inspect its plants in China. Should they just bring those jobs home?

'Those jobs aren't coming back.' They weren't Steve Jobs's last words, but you could be forgiven for thinking they were. Jobs made the comment to President Obama months before he died, but it?s mostly since his death that they?ve set off a debate. Can the world?s richest corporation really not afford to build iPhones and iPads in the United States?

Apple says no, but of course it can: American workers build BMWs and Boeings, and they certainly could build all of an iPad's components. The real question isn't whether Apple can make products here, but whether it should.

Some people think so, and not just Occupy Wall Street types. 'Apple has benefited enormously by dint of being an American company, and they do have some responsibilities to the United States,' says Clyde Prestowitz, a top U.S. trade negotiator under Ronald Reagan.

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