Trade, Inequality, and Populism

01  October 2018    4:00 pm CEST

Caroline Freund, Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, The World Bank

In cooperation with:

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) 


Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna, 'Veranstaltungssaal' (ground floor)
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Caroline Freund will discuss the effect of trade on income inequality. From a global perspective, inequality has fallen in recent decades because poor countries have grown faster than rich countries. However, in some countries inequality has increased sharply.  The Global Economy Lecture 2018 will explore how increased international integration has contributed to inequality, with a focus on the reduction in poverty and the rise of the superrich. It will examine the role of superstar firms in growth, poverty reduction, and extreme wealth creation and also discuss how these forces have contributed to rising populism and what can be done to sustain international integration.

Ms Freund is the author of the book “Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and their Mega Firms”. Her extensive research focuses on multinationals and export superstars. Before taking over her current position at The World Bank, she was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, after several engagements at the Federal Reserve Board, the IMF and The World Bank.

The Global Economy Lecture is jointly organized by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw).


Caroline Freund
Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, The World Bank

Ewald Nowotny
Governor, Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Robert Stehrer
Scientific Director
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)

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