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International Policy Rules and National Inequalities: Implications for Global Economic Governance

January 19, 2016

Presidential Room 1, Faculty House, Columbia University   New York, New York, United States

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On Jan 19 2016, IPD hosted a one-day conference on the effects of international policy rules on national inequalities. Topics of discussion included; globalization and rising inequalities, neo-liberal policies, tax competition, capital account regulations, dispute resolution of investment agreements, intellectual property rights, comparisons of FTA and TPP provisions, and the political economy for global rule making. The program was coordinated by Eric Helleiner and José Antonio Ocampo. The meeting resulted in research manuscripts, which will be compiled into an upcoming publication. 

Rising national income and wealth inequalities are major adverse trends that the world has experienced over the past three/four decades. This is mixed with large historical inequalities in living standards between developed and developing countries, as well as rising inequalities among developing countries during recent decades. Since these trends coincide with consolidation of the “second globalization,” an obvious question to ask is to what extent the rules that govern formally or informally the global economy –or the lack of such rules— are basic determinants of these trends. This implies putting together two brands of ongoing research and debates –those that relate to global rules and to national and international inequalities– to analyze the interactions between the two and draw lessons of how global governance arrangements must be reformed to counteract them. This upcoming publication will analyze these issues from a broad perspective as well as a deep look at the rules related to direct investment, financial flows, intellectual property rights and taxation (in the latter case, the lack of rules). The upcoming book is the result of a joint project supported by Columbia University’s Global Policy Initiative with contributions from academics and policy makers from several institutions and universities. 

  • Eric Helleiner
    CIGI Chair
    International Political Economy
    University of Waterloo
  • José Antonio Ocampo
    Task Force Chair
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Gabriel Palma
    University Lecturer
    University of Cambridge
  • Jonathan Ostry
    Deputy Director of the Research Department
    International Monetary Fund
  • Kevin P. Gallagher
    Associate Professor
    Department of International Relations
    Boston University
  • Manuel Montes
    Senior Advisor
    Finance and Development
    The South Centre
  • Carlos Correa
    CEIDIE-University of Buenos Aires
  • Robert Wade
    Professor of Political Economy, Development Studies Institute
    London School of Economics
  • Lisa Sachs
    Columbia Center on Sustainable Development
  • Lise Johnson
    Investment Law and Policy
    Columbia Center on Sustainable Development
  • Valpy Fitzgerald
    International Development Finance
    University of Oxford
  • Guillermo Lagarda Cuevas
    Boston University
National Inequalities and the Political Economy of Global Financial Reform

436kb pdf
Eric Helleiner

Research Manuscript.

Does the broad spectrum of inequality across the world in the current era of neo-liberal globalization reflect a wide diversity of fundamentals, or just a multiplicity of political settlements and market failures?

2.98mb pdf
Gabriel Palma

Research Manuscript.

Are new economic policy rules desirable to mitigate rising national inequalities?

1.05mb pdf
Jonathan Ostry,
Prakash Loungani,
Davide Furceri

Research Manuscript.

The Impact of Foreign Investor Protections on Domestic Inequality

701kb pdf
Manuel Montes

Research Manuscript.

Investment Treaties, Investor-State Dispute Settlement and Inequality: How International Rules and Institutions Can Exacerbate Domestic Disparities

350kb pdf
Lise Johnson,
Lisa Sachs

Research Manuscript.

Capital Openness and Income Inequality: Smooth Sailing or Troubled Waters?

716kb pdf
Kevin P. Gallagher,
Guillermo Lagarda Cuevas,
Jennifer Linares

Research Manuscript.

Intellectual Property: A Regulatory Constraint to Redress Inequalities

587kb pdf
Carlos Correa

Research Manuscript.

The frustrated TPP and new challenges for the Global Governance of Trade and Investment

377kb pdf
Osvaldo Rosales

Research Manuscript.

The Effects of International Tax Competition on National Income Distribution

548kb pdf
Valpy Fitzgerald,
Erika Siu

Research Manuscript.


10.66mb zip
José Antonio Ocampo,
Gabriel Palma,
Carlos Correa,
Manuel Montes,
Valpy Fitzgerald,
Guillermo Lagarda Cuevas,
Lise Johnson,
Lisa Sachs