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International Mobility and the Transformation of Global Capitalism

By Anthony D.Costa

Routledge – 2013 – 256 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in International Political Economy

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Description

International mobility is not new as people have moved throughout history, voluntarily and forcibly, for personal, familial, economic, and professional reasons. Yet, the mobility of technical talent in the global economy is a relatively new phenomenon, largely voluntary, structurally determined by market forces, and influenced by immigration policies. In particular, the rise of the new economy of information and communications technologies and tradable services has created an unprecedented demand for information technology workers and professionals. This economy also embodies the circulation of brain power, as opposed to simple brain drain of earlier decades, thereby inducing heightened competition among nations to secure and retain talent.

This book demonstrates the processes underlying the uneven and interconnected development of the world economy by investigating the extent to which rich countries are becoming dependent on the supply of technical professionals from developing countries, the reasons for this reliance, the beneficiaries of such mobility, how institutions such as states and businesses are coping with talent imbalances at the national and global levels, and some of the inegalitarian social consequences of talent mobility. Based on this analysis the book provides both a theoretical and empirical understanding of the dynamics of the contemporary world economy, driven by the twin forces of exploitation of unskilled labor and economic mobilization of highly skilled professionals. In this accumulation model labor markets for technical talent are regulated by state intervention in technical education, immigration policies, and national mobilization of talent for international competitiveness.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Global Economy and the New International Division of Labor 3. The Movement of Global Talent 4. The Global Supply of Talent from China and India 5. Foreign Talent in Japan 6. Institutional Barriers: American and Japanese Outsourcing Patterns 7. The Emerging Regional Division of Labor in Asian Economies 8. Conclusion: The Importance of Talent Mobility to Capital Accumulation and the Global Economy

Author Bio

Anthony P. D'Costa is Professor in Indian Studies at the Asia Research Centre, Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Name: International Mobility and the Transformation of Global Capitalism (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Anthony D.Costa. International mobility is not new as people have moved throughout history, voluntarily and forcibly, for personal, familial, economic, and professional reasons. Yet, the mobility of technical talent in the global economy is a relatively new phenomenon,...
Categories: Development Economics, Globalization, Asian Politics, Labour Economics, Political Economic Studies, Japan & Asia, Economics and Development, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South Asian Studies, Asian Politics, Asian Economics, Migration & Diaspora, Transnationalism