‘Wanted: Equal Opportunity Globalization’: Branko Milanovic Pens New Essay

In a new Eurasia Review essay, Visiting Presidential Professor Branko Milanovic analyzes whether globalization — often seen as the cause of dissatisfaction in the United States and other wealthy countries — is the result of U.S. policies or other factors.
“The middle class of the rich world [has] found itself squeezed between the poorer, but fast-growing Asian middle and the much richer and also fast-growing domestic top 1 percent—and many blamed globalization,” Milanovic writes.
Milanovic names three causes for the uneven distributional effects of globalization: technological change that drove productivity up among highly skilled workers compared to low-skilled workers; globalization that has made Western workers less competitive than Asian workers; and tax-cut policies that favored the rich. These causes cannot be separated, and solutions are not easy, according to Milanovic.
A core faculty member of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, Milanovic recently spoke to the GC about the complex relationship between globalization and inequality.

Submitted on: DEC 12, 2016

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