Job and incomes in a globalizing world
Ajit K. Ghose
ILO 2003 150 s. ISBN 9221127176
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
The consequences of globalization, particularly for employment,
wages and incomes, arouse widespread concern. This
book investigates the basis for these anxieties by analysing
the core of globalization – the growing two-way trade in
manufactures between North and South. Its conclusions set
fresh parameters for the globalization debate.
Presenting results of new research, the author reveals
figures showing that, contrary to popular perceptions, global
income inequality is actually declining, world migration is
falling, and job opportunities and wages are rising
in a significant number of developing countries. Moreover,
the author finds no evidence of a global decline in labour
standards, nor that globalization can be blamed for unemployment
among the low skilled in industrialized countries.
While showing many of the public concerns about globalization
to be unfounded, the data expose other serious problems
that until now have been paid scant attention, such as
increasing marginalization of the poorest countries heavily
dependent on exports of primary commodities,
a devastating level of “brain drain” from poor to rich countries,
and potentially disastrous costs for rapidly integrating
This important book points to difficult challenges that the
international community must meet if the potential benefits
of globalization are to be realized and all nations and people
are to share in them.