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Globalization and Poverty

by Ann Harrison NBER
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Hbk 536 pages
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Over the past two decades, the percentage of the world#`s population living on less than a dollar a day has been cut in half. How much of that improvement is because of# and or in spite of# and globalization? While anti-globalization activists mount loud critiques and the media report breathlessly on globalization#`s perils and promises, economists have largely remained silent, in part because of an entrenched institutional divide between those who study poverty and those who study trade and finance. Globalization and Poverty bridges that gap, bringing together experts on both international trade and poverty to provide a detailed view of the effects of globalization on the poor in developing nations, answering such questions as: Do lower import tariffs improve the lives of the poor? Has increased financial integration led to more or less poverty? How have the poor fared during various currency crises? Does food aid hurt or help the poor? Poverty, the contributors show here, has been used as a popular and convenient catchphrase by parties on both sides of the globalization debate to further their respective arguments. Globalization and Poverty provides the more nuanced understanding necessary to move that debate beyond the slogans.

Globalization and Poverty: An IntroductionAnn HarrisonI. GLOBAL (CROSS-COUNTRY) ANALYSES1. Why are the Critics so Convinced That Globalization is Bad for the Poor?Emma AisbettComment: Xavier Sala-i-Martin2. Stolper-Samuelson Is Dead: And Other Crimes of Both Theory and DataDonald R. Davis and Prachi Mishra3. Globalization, Poverty, and All That: Factor Endowment versus Productivity ViewsWilliam EasterlyComment: Aart Kraay4. Does Tariff Liberalization Increase Wage Inequality? Some Empirical EvidenceBranko Milanovic and Lyn SquireComment: Douglas A. Irwin5. My Policies or Yours: Does OECD Support for Agriculture Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?Margaret McMillan, Alix Peterson Zwane, and Nava AshrafComment: Mitali DasII. COUNTRY CASE STUDIES OF TRADE REFORM AND POVERTY6. The Effects of the Columbian Trade Liberalization on Urban PovertyPinelopi Koujianou Goldberg and Nina PavcnikComment: Chang-Tai Hsieh7. Trade Liberalization, Poverty, and Inequality: Evidence from Indian DistrictsPetia TopalovaComment: Robin Burgess8. Trade Protection and Industry Wage Structure in PolandChor-ching Goh and Beata S. JavorcikComment: Irene Brambilla9. Globalization and Complementary Policies: Poverty Impacts in Rural ZambiaJorge F. Balat and Guido G. PortoComment: Matthew J. Slaughter10. Globalization, Labor Income, and Poverty in MexicoGordon H. HansonComment: Esther DufloIII. CAPITIAL FLOWS AND POVERTY OUTCOMES11. Financial Globalization, Growth, and Volatility in Developing CountriesEswar S. Prasad, Kenneth Rogoff, Shang-Jin Wei, and M. Ayhan KoseComment: Susan M. Collins12. Household Responses to the Financial Crises in Indonesia: Longitudinal Evidence on Poverty, Resources, and Well-BeingDuncan Thomas and Elizabeth Frankenberg13. Does Food Aid Harm the Poor? Household Evidence from EthiopiaJames Levinsohn and Margaret McMillanComment: Rohini PandeIV. OTHER OUTCOMES ASSOCIATED WITH GLOBALIZATION (RISKS, RETURNS TO SPEAKING ENGLISH)14. Risk and the Evolution of Inequality in China in an Era of GlobalizationEthan LigonComment: Shang-Jin Wei15. Globalization and the Returns to Speaking English in South AfricaJames LevinshonComment: Raquel FernándezContributorsAuthor IndexSubject Index