In the book What is Growing? Who is Dying?, Joyce Millen et. Al. argues that political and economic forces maintain existing inequalities and globalization widens the gap between the well-off and the poverty-stricken. Furthermore, although aggregate figures show that health is improving overall, these international health indicators are deceptive and fail to show how unevenly the health improvements are distributed. In conclusion, the authors bring into question the socioeconomic policies and development strategies of today’s globalizing world and offer a new evaluative criterion of development: the health of the poor.
Linked Below is a video of C. K. Prahalad, acclaimed professor of Corporate Strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, discussing both good and bad effects of globalization on the global poor.
Similarly, Carl Walker, author of the book titled Depression and Globalization, looks into the human cost of recent political and economic activity and argues that for many, a consequence of globalization is mental distress and depression in particular. He links aspects of recent politics to depression and specifically looks at the relationship between globalization and depression. Income and educational disparities, and financial and job insecurities are both by-products of multinational business, and are also main causes of depression.
“In the coming years the World Health Organization predicts that depression will rank just behind heart conditions in terms of the global disease burden.” – from Depression and Globalization