Odd Couple International Trade and Labor Standards in History Michael Huberman

Yale Series in Economic and Financial History
Publication date:
29 May 2012
Yale University Press
256 pages: 235 x 156 x 24mm
15 b-w illus.
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It has become commonplace to think that globalization has produced a race to the bottom in terms of labor standards and quality of life: the cheaper the labor and the lower the benefits afforded workers, the more competitively a country can participate on the global stage. But in this book the distinguished economic historian Michael Huberman demonstrates that globalization has in fact been very good for workers’ quality of life, and that improved labor conditions have promoted globalization.

Michael Huberman is professor of history at the University of Montreal.

"Michael Huberman's splendid book is bound to become a classic reference in the field, and is a superb example of how a skilled economic historian can use the past to illuminate both the present and future."—Kevin O'Rourke, Professor of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin