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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.

(9/16/11) U.S. News cites Prestowitz on Solyndra

The Lesson Not to Learn From Solyndra

September 16, 2011

Scott Galupo, U.S. News

David Frum is certainly right that the bankruptcy of Washington-backed solar energy firm Solyndra makes the federal government's support for an individual firm look laughably inept.

"If the U.S. government wants to discourage the use of oil, there is one powerful mechanism at hand: tax the stuff," Frum concludes. "Private actors will respond to the incentive. They will conserve and substitute and innovate all on their own. But when it comes time for investments in individual firms? Back off and let Mr. Market do the job that he does best."

I agree.

Yet I think the episode gives the concept of a national economic strategy?one hesitates to utter the verboten phrase "industrial policy"?an unnecessarily bad name.

Click here to read the entire article at U.S. News.

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