Race to the Bottom: Jobs, Trade, Deficit and Justice

WED, APR 20, 2005 (1:25:58)

Alan Tonelson examines the role that globalization of trade and labor plays in the lives of American workers. No one is exempt, he argues, from low-wage textile workers to high-tech aerospace engineers. What decisions need to be made in Washington and around the world so that labor and trade policies assure prosperity for working people in the era of globalization?

What is the difference between free trade and fair trade? Who wins and who loses when multinational corporations tap into a global surplus of workers? Why should Americans be concerned about the growing trade deficit? With off-shoring, outsourcing, stagnant wages, and declining benefits, American workers are worried.

+ BIO: Alan Tonelson

Alan Tonelson is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization studying U.S. economic, national security, and technology policy. Tonelson is also a columnist for the Foundation's globalization website, Tradealert.org and a Research Associate at the George Washington University Center for International Science and Technology Policy. Tonelson's book on globalization, The Race to the Bottom, was published in 2000.

Tonelson comments on economic and foreign policy issues frequently for radio and television programs such as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and The Nightly Business Report. His articles and reviews have appeared in many leading national publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Tonelson has also lectured frequently on these subjects at universities, government agencies, and civic and business groups in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan. A former Associate Editor of Foreign Policy and Fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, Tonelson holds a B.A. with highest honors in history from Princeton University.

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