Global Inequality

The most amazing statistics on Development you’ve ever seen….

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Two absolutely fantastic short talks from Hans Rosling, A professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. The first talk is here (2006), the second one is here (2007). They were given at successive years of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in California. What stuck with me most after watching them was that changes [...]

Globalisation & the Decline of the Welfare State

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Dani Rodrik points to some interesting economic research which “suggests that as technological progress and multilateral trade liberalisation have made borders less of a barrier to economic activity, the scope of redistribution policies has become smaller.” Apparently there is a correlation between a more open economy and lower spending on social welfare programs. This makes [...]

ILO: Growing International Inequality

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has just released its 2008 World of Work report, subtitled “Income Inequalities in the Age of Financial Globalization”. The report’s major finding is that despite record economic growth in many of the world’s countries, the wealth which is being created is failing to “trickle down” to the majority of the [...]