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DOES GLOBALIZATION AFFECT HUMAN WELL-BEING? Author(s): MING-CHANG TSAI Reviewed work(s): Source: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 81, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 103-126 Published by: Springer Stable URL: . Accessed: 03/05/2012 22:40
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Research (2007) 81: 103-126 Social Indicators DOI 10.1007/s11205-006-0017-8

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The prevailing influence of human well-being theorizing of globalization'soutcomes. This study formulates a dia suggests to assess both the favorable and unfavorable lectical model, adopts a comprehensive globalization measure and uses a three-wave panel data during 1980-2000 to empirically test direct and indirect effects of global flows' human conse

from random effect modeling reveal significant positive quences. The outcomes impacts of and social globalization do notgenerate favorable whereas economic political globalization, influences when development level and regional differences are operated as controls. The overall index is found to generate expected favorable influence on an overall human globalization index. Within developing influence was not as human countries, globalization's development significant as in industrial countries, however. Severalhypotheses about globalization's potential negative effects through increasing societal instabilities and reducing state power and social spending are not supported global flows and exchanges KEY WORDS: in analysis. contributes It is concluded that globalization progress rather than hampers state, social identified by increased in human welfare. data


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1. INTRODUCTION Globalization's impact on economic efficiency and growth outcomes con ventionally had drawn most research attention (Garrett, 2000; Nyahoho, in Social Indicators 2001; Dreher, 2006a). A recent article published by Sirgy et al. (2004) forcefully propose that globalization's po tential impact on quality of life (QOL) should receive similar research ef


definedas "the diffusion of goods, services, capital, and people (workers) across national borders" by Sirgy et al. technology, (2004, p. 253), is considered to be a multifaceted diffusion process that produces significant influences in human well-being. This article (Sirgy forts. Globalization, et al., 2004)

generated by this pervasive global transformation require careful specifica tion of variousmechanisms in research design.

proposes 24 theses to demonstrate global linkages and a is country's general socio-economic progress, concluding that globalization a double-bladed that is, both positive and adverse effects phenomenon;

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of Sirgy et al. (2004) open up a 'brave new world' of QOL research. Whereas Sirgy et al. (2004) had developed a new setof theoretical propositions to account for variation among countries in progress of human well-being, their picture of globalization and human QOL, a grand project should be, requires further theoretical all-embracing as elaboration and

reformulation. In addition, their effort is primarily speculative at this stage, and urgently needs empirical investigation. This study contributes in offer...
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