DP4141 Naomi Klein and the Anti-Globalization Movement

Author(s): Paul Segerstrom
Publication Date: December 2003
Keyword(s): anti-globalization, economic growth, free trade, income inequality
JEL(s): F00, F10, O10
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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How should economists be responding to the arguments made by anti-globalization activists? This Paper examines the writings of Naomi Klein, one of the leaders in the anti-globalization movement. The contents of her influential book No Logo are summarized and some problems with her analysis of globalization are discussed. Among the topics covered are the facts about poverty and income inequality, the facts about trade liberalization and economic growth, the experience of Mexico following trade liberalization, and the implication of protest rallies for farmers in developing countries.