Louis Uchitelle

Louis Uchitelle writes on economics topics for The New York Timesand other publications. He is the author of The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences.

Recent Articles

Once Made in the USA

The U.S. may soon reach the point where it can't rebuild its manufacturing base.

Manufacturing, says Andrew N. Liveris, thrives in countries that have plenty of customers and a government that significantly supports industry. Right now, he continues, the United States is down the list on both counts.

Globalization, Union-Style

The challenge is to raise U.S. workers' rights to the level that European workers enjoy -- not to lower their rights to our level.

Seated on a folding chair in a cramped union office in New York, Wilhelm Ado, a visiting German labor leader, explained through an interpreter that he had come to help American workers do what they can no longer do easily on their own -- organize themselves into effective unions.

It Wasn't Deficit Reduction

The Roaring Nineties

By Joseph E. Stiglitz, W.W. Norton and Company, 379 pages, $25.95

Like many academic economists, Joseph E. Stiglitz went into government hoping to tutor as well as to serve. Unlike most, Stiglitz has significant doubts about whether markets usually work as advertised. His research in this genre won him the Nobel Prize. Stiglitz's four-year stint in the Clinton White House was marked by the tension between his own powerful views and the pressure on a high public official to be a loyal team player.