Tag Archives: global inequality

The middle-class in poor countries

Last week I blogged the first part of an interview with Phillip Brown, and his work with Lauder and Ashton on the ‘global auction’ for middle-class jobs. In this final post, I asked him whether offshoring middle-class jobs is actually … Continue reading

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Offshoring middle-class jobs: myths, realities, policies

Good jobs in the UK and US are under threat, facing a ‘global auction’ against emerging economies that Western countries are likely to lose – according to a fascinating recent book by Brown, Lauder & Ashton that I previously described … Continue reading

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The sins of our fathers

In a guest post, Claire Leigh is prompted by an old British prison in Ghana to consider whether we should really have colonial guilt – and in doing this,  draws parallels between the past and present inequalities of the global economy. … Continue reading

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The impending fall of the Western middle-class (Part II)

In my post last week I described the controversial new book The Global Auction, where Brown, Lauder and Ashton argue that the Western middle-class are subject to increasing competition from an army of highly-qualified workers in India, China and other … Continue reading

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The impending fall of the Western middle-class (part I)

Middle-class people in rich Western countries like to tell a story about globalization, which goes something like this. Globalization means that some menial jobs are off-shored or outsourced, but new jobs are created in their wake – setting us on … Continue reading

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After the Smoke Clears: Rebuilding North Africa and the Middle East

In the last month it’s been impossible to not get swept up in the euphoria of the Jasmine Revolution and the liberation of Egypt and Tunisia. With the situation taking a grim turn in neighboring Libya and in Yemen, however, … Continue reading

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Global inequality in 3 charts

Intellectual pin-ups are a bad idea. I’ve lost track of the number of razor-sharp thinkers whose opinions turn to mush when they’re surrounded by worshipful students and flattering policymakers, keen to brush themselves with their hero’s stardust. So it’s with … Continue reading

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Will human rights have their day in Bangladesh?

In a guest post, Claire Leigh offers a  personal reflection on the struggle by some the most disadvantaged people in Bangladesh to fight for their human rights. Most posts on Inequalities engage with questions of poverty and social inequality in … Continue reading

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