Tag Archives: globalization

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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Living longer, yet less able to work

Last week Brendan described the results of a new NBER report that argued there was a contradiction between (i) declining mortality rates in the US/UK, and (ii) higher levels of disability benefits for people who are too sick to work. … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships in a Volatile Labor Market

 When people talk about what it takes to succeed in the labor market today, they may talk about having the right connections or a college degree, but they rarely talk about apprenticeships. Most people in the United States (including many … 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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How Major League Talent Got Major League Pay

Once upon a time (the 1950s to be exact) CEOs of major corporations saved up to go on vacation, supermodels worked by the hour, and baseball players were happy just to eat steak dinners every night of the season. In … Continue reading

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