Opinion pieces and speeches by EPI staff and associates.
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The Crunchian take on globalization
Now that we’ve debated the principles of Crunch economics for a few days, I wanted to post one of the questions and answers that make up the core of the book. This one’s about globalization. It’s longer than most of the book’s Q&A discussions, but it’s not a simple topic and I try to add some nuance. See what you think.
Q: What’s so right and/or wrong about globalization? Am I really hurting American workers if I buy cheap imports? Should I feel lousy about this? Am I supposed to oppose trade deals? Isn’t our loss the gain of some poor person “over there” who probably needs the money even more than we do?
A: Settle in. Comfortable? This is going to take a few minutes.
Read the rest of this piece here.
Jared Bernstein is senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
[ POSTED TO VIEWPOINTS ON JULY 15, 2008. ]