Globalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality
242 pages, 6 x 9
42 charts/diagrams, 29 tables
Release Date:15 Oct 2021

Globalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality

Insights from Indonesia

UBC Press

The process of globalization has implications for human rights, though the relationship between the two is not always clear. How does globalization effect human rights in local contexts?

Globalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality examines the relationship between globalization and trade liberalization, and poverty and income inequality, using Indonesia as a case study. Using both aggregate data and local evidence, this empirically rigorous investigation finds that although increased trade tends to reduce poverty, there are exceptions. Globalization via trade in certified organic coffee has not helped low-income farmers. Globalized access to treatments for visual problems has been countermanded by rising digitization that negatively affects visually disabled people, especially those who are also poor. And although globalized standards of well-defined property rights are normally a precondition for urbanization, economic growth, and poverty alleviation, they can clash with the traditional or informal property rights of an urban underclass.

Ultimately, Globalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality describes an ambiguous relationship between trade liberalization and inequality, both of which can increase or decrease in proportion to one another depending on region and sector. This empirically driven work provides a nuanced view of the trade-poverty relationship, contributing balanced testimony to policy debates being held across international forums as globalization continues its advance.

This book will appeal not only to academics with interests in trade, poverty, and income inequality but also to public policy makers and practitioners working in those areas, as well as Southeast Asia regional studies experts.

Richard Barichello is a professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He is a member and former chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium and has published in a wide variety of economic policy journals. Arianto A. Patunru is a fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at Australian National University. He coordinates the ANU Indonesia Project’s policy interactions and convenes the Australia-Indonesia High Level Policy Dialogue between governments. He is a co-editor of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. Richard Schwindt is an emeritus professor of economics at Simon Fraser University. Among his many publications are the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Compensation for the Taking of Resource Interests and The Existence and Exercise of Corporate Power: A Case Study of MacMillan Bloedel Limited.

Contributors: Aris Ananta, Bustanul Arifin, Evi Nurvidya Arifin, Cyril Bennouna, Teguh Dartanto, James W. Dean, Faisal Harahap, Santi Kusumaningrum, Michael Leaf, Colin McLean, Pitman B. Potter, Budy P. Resosudarmo, Nia Kurnia Sholihah, Clara Siagian, Yusuf Sofiyandi, Yessi Vadila.

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