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The social impact of globalisation in the developing countries

By Eddy Lee and Marco Vivarelli

Abstract

In this paper an ex-post measurable definition of globalisation has been used, namely increasing trade openness and FDI. A general result is that the optimistic Heckscher-Ohlin/Stolper-Samuelson predictions do not apply, that is neither employment creation nor the decrease in within-country inequality are automatically assured by increasing trade and FDI.\ud \ud The other main findings of the paper are that:\ud \ud 1) The employment effect can be very diverse in different areas of the world, giving raise to concentration and marginalisation phenomena;\ud \ud 2) Increasing trade and FDI do not emerge as the main culprits of increasing within-country income innequality in DCs, although some evidence emerges that import of capital goods may imply an increase in innequality via skill-biased technological change;\ud \ud 3) Increasing trade seems to foster economic growth and absolute poverty alleviation, although some important counter-examples emerge

Topics: HG, JZ
Publisher: University of Warwick. Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:1906

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