Book Forum

The Travels of a T‐​Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade

(John Wiley & Sons, 2005)

June 1, 2005 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT


Featuring the author, Pietra Rivoli, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Georgetown University; with comments by Adam Davidson, International Business and Economics Correspondent, National Public Radio; and moderated by Daniel Ikenson, Policy Analyst, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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In February 1999, nine months before anti‐​globalization protesters brought the WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle to a grinding halt, Pietra Rivoli witnessed a precursor on the campus of Georgetown University. A group of about 100 students had gathered, and a young woman with a microphone spoke with moral certitude about the deplorable conditions in developing world sweatshops. “How did she know this?” thought Rivoli, skeptically. Thus began Rivoli’s five‐​year research project into the people, markets, and politics of globalization. What can a T‐​shirt teach us about globalization? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Please join us for a discussion of the book with the author, as well as comments by Adam Davidson of National Public Radio.