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Joseph Stiglitz

Globalization and its Discontents, 2002

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Joseph E. Stiglitz (born 1943) is an American economist, best known for his work on the economics of information and the impacts of globalisation. Stiglitz, a graduate of Amherst College, he received his PhD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. He has taught at Princeton, Stanford, MIT and was the Drummond Professor and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is now University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia and Director of Graduate Summer Programs at the Brooks World Poverty Institute.

Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993–95, during the Clinton administration, and served as CEA chairman from 1995–97. He then became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997–2000. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 1, The Poor Management of Globalisation

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the poor management of globalisation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 2, The Role of Multilateral Institutions

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of multilateral institutions with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 3, Capital Market Liberalisation and Governance

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about capital market liberalisation and governance with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 4, The Role of Multinationals

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of multinationals with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 5, Climate Change and China

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about climate change and China with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Part 6, The Role of Civil Society

In this video, Joseph Stiglitz, author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of civil society with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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