3:22Mills, Globalization and Inequality

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Oxford University Press is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to European Sociological Review. Globalization and Inequality Author(s): Melinda Mills Source: European Sociological Review, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Feb., 2009), pp. 1-8 Published by: Oxford University Press Stable URL: Accessed: 21-03-2016 11:18 UTC Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact [email protected] This content downloaded from 129.49.5.35 on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:18:21 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions
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European Sociological Review volume 251 number 1 | 2009 1-8 1 DOI:10.1093/esr/jcn046, available online at Online publication 30 August 2008 Globalization and Inequality Melinda Mills Globalization is increasingly linked to inequality, but with often divergent and polarized findings. Some researchers show that globalization accentuates inequality both within and between countries. Others maintain that these claims are patently incorrect, arguing that globalization has disintegrated national borders and prompted economic integration, lifting millions out of poverty, and closing the inequality gap. This article presents a review of current research that links globalization to inequality. Core problems behind contra dictory findings appear to rest in the operationalization of inequality and globalization, availability and quality of data, population-weighted versus unweighted estimates; and, the method of income calibration to a common currency in the study of income inequality. A theoretical model charts the mechanisms linking globalization to inequality, illustrating how it generates increased inequality within industrialized nations and decreased inequality within developing economies. The article concludes with a description of the papers in this special issue and situates them within the broader literature. Introduction The rise of globalization has been accompanied by the debate of whether it comes at the cost of grow ing inequality. Globalization is increasingly linked to inequality, but with often divergent and polarized results. Critics of globalization have argued that it accentuates inequality both within and between coun tries (Firebaugh, 2003; Wade, 2004). Although globa lization may improve both the relative and absolute incomes of individuals around the world, some findings show that there are clear winners and losers.
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