Job insecurity caused by globalisation

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Join us for a debate on job insecurity and globalisation.

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"A central question in the international and comparative political economy literatures on globalization is whether economic integration increases worker insecurity in advanced economies. Previous research has focused on the role of international trade and has failed to produce convincing evidence that such a link exists. In this article, we argue that globalisation increases worker insecurity, but that foreign direct investment (FDI) by multinational enterprises (MNEs) is the key aspect of integration generating risk. FDI by MNEs increases firms’ elasticity of demand for labor. More elastic labor demands, in turn, raise the volatility of wages and employment, all of which tends to make workers feel less secure. We present new empirical evidence, based on the analysis of panel data from Great Britain collected from 1991 to 1999, that FDI activity in the industries in which individuals work is positively correlated with individual perceptions of economic insecurity. This correlation holds in analyses accounting for individual-specific effects and a wide variety of control variables".

Scheve, K.& Slaughter, M. J. (2004). Economic insecurity and the globalization of production. American Journal of Political Science, 48(4), 662-674. 


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  • Alec

    Highly interactive.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ben


    April 7, 2014

  • Alec

    According to Aristotle. Individuals should pursue the goal of an intellectual (based on pragmatism) and virtuous (based on morality) life. But above these, they should participate in political interaction and accept the rules issued by the state. If one of the state's impositions is unemployment, as one of the effects of globalisation; then, how this situation affects the understanding of our roles in society, knowing that part of society will be excluded from enjoying some rights...

    April 4, 2014

  • Barbara/Shanti

    Surprised the topic is considered philosophical

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Tibor M.

      At least historically, philosophers have pondered the Big Questions; among them this one: "How are we to live?" Big Answers have been few, but the inquiry is nevertheless worthwhile... Socrates was right about the "unanalysed life".

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Alec

    Dear Barabara/Shanti. I had my doubts about debating this at our group meetings; and that people might thought, ‘what does this topic have to do with philosophy?’ First, if philosophy has to be brought to us in a useful way. It needs to relate to areas in life that affect us. Second, the whole history of humankind has been based on the work people have done for others. We have built civilisations on voluntarily or involuntarily labour. But for the first time and at a world scale, work is not demanded from everybody anymore. This has consequences that may produce a profound change in the way we feel and behave. People need to feel needed in society and the mind has to be kept busy. So partially the topic for debate can be: how the lack of role affect people's self esteem and the concept of self? I hope this could alleviate your concern. Thanks for your comment.

    March 9, 2014

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