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Emma Aisbett

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March 2007Why are the Critics So Convinced that Globalization is Bad for the Poor?
in Globalization and Poverty, Ann Harrison, editor
January 2005Why are the Critics so Convinced that Globalization is Bad for the Poor?
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Proponents of globalization often conclude that its critics are ignorant or self-motivated. In doing so, they have missed a valuable opportunity to discover both how best to communicate the benefits of globalization, and how to improve on the current model of globalization. This paper examines the values, beliefs and facts that lead critics to the view that globalization is bad for the poor. We find that critics of globalization tend to be concerned about non-monetary as well as monetary dimensions of poverty, and more concerned about the total number of poor than the incidence of poverty. In regard to inequality, critics tend to refer more to changes in absolute inequality, and income polarization, rather than the inequality measures preferred by economists. It is particularly important t...

Published: Why are the Critics So Convinced that Globalization is Bad for the Poor?, Emma Aisbett. in Globalization and Poverty, Harrison. 2007

 
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