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Speaker Dani Rodrik is a renowned economist and academic who is currently the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research focuses on employment and economic growth, and he has authored several highly regarded books, including The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy.
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Economics speaker Dani Rodrik, a renowned economist and academic, holds the Ford Foundation Professorship of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research has focused on various areas of economics, including economic development, international economics, and political economy. Professor Rodrik’s current research concentrates on employment and economic growth in both advanced and developing economies. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council and the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.
In addition to his research work, speaker Dani Rodrik serves as the president of the International Economic Association and co-director of the Economics for Inclusive Prosperity network. He has authored several highly regarded books, including Combating Inequality: Rethinking Government’s Role (2021), which he co-edited with Olivier Blanchard, and Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (2017). Other notable books authored by Professor Rodrik include Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (2015), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011), and One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007).
Professor Rodrik has also served as an advisor to governments and international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. His research has been published in numerous academic journals, and he frequently writes opinion pieces for popular media outlets. As a leading economist, Professor Rodrik continues to make significant contributions to the field of economics and shape policy discussions on a global scale.
Dani Rodrik presents a persuasive argument against the dominant narrative of globalization and emphasizes the significance of the nation-state. He suggests that in the face of inevitable conflicts between the social arrangements of democracies and the international demands of globalization, national priorities should be prioritized, and advocates for a system of customizable globalization that is underpinned by a light framework of international rules, ultimately leading to balanced prosperity amidst the current challenges of global trade, finance, and labor markets.
Dani Rodrik critiques the excessive economic globalization that has led to a populist backlash and the resurgence of the nation-state, which was once deemed irrelevant. By examining the experiences of developed nations, the eurozone, and developing nations, Rodrik offers a reasonable explanation for why the elite and technocrats' obsession with hyper-globalization has impeded nations' ability to achieve legitimate economic and social objectives. He suggests new ideas for reconciling these inequitable trends with liberal democracy and social inclusion, pointing the way forward.
The rise of economic inequality is one of the most pressing issues of our time, with the wealthiest 1% in the United States now owning approximately 40% of the wealth compared to 25% in the late 1970s. The percentage of children who earn more than their parents has decreased significantly from 90% in the 1940s to around 50% presently. Dani Rodrik offers optimism by presenting the various tools available to reverse the trend of inequality and discuss which methods are most effective for achieving this goal.
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