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Jobs and Incomes in a Globalizing World

Ajit K. Ghose

ILO 2003 150 s. ISBN 92-2-112717-6
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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 ¨C 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 economies.
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.