Overcoming Zero-Sum Games to Sustain Growth and Globalization

Lecture | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Antonio de Lecea, European Commission

 Institute of European Studies

Some in the West argue that the emerging countries have prospered from globalization at the expense of low- and middle-income classes in advanced countries by abusing open trade. Others in the East counter that the problem is the unfair distribution in Western countries of the benefits derived from global integration. Antonio de Lecea argues that Europe's stance on globalization – a combination of enforcement of a level playing field at home and abroad and a welfare state that mitigates polarisation and empowers middle classes – is capable of overcoming these zero-sum stories by reconciling higher growth with a fairer distribution of income and opportunities and a multidimensional concept of sustainability and well-being.

Antonio de Lecea is currently Principal Advisor to the Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission. Over his thirty-year career he has helped shape European Union’s policy-making and international economic and financial relations, based in Europe, the US, and recently in Asia. 

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