Georgetown Author Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade

March 02, 2005

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Georgetown Author Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade

Washington, D.C. - Inspired by campus discussions about the effects of globalization and corporate competition, Georgetown University Associate Professor Pietra Rivoli embarked on a journey to investigate the truth about world trade and global economics.

In her new book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade, Rivoli chronicles the journey of a simple, everyday T-shirt to explore the business, economic, moral and political complexities of globalization in a historical context.

Over a five-year period, she traveled from the sun-baked cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas to cotton yarn and garment factories in China, and from trade negotiations in Washington to a used clothing market in Africa, to investigate firsthand compelling questions and issues of global economics. Looking closely at the lives of Texas cotton growers, Chinese textile producers and other colorful characters, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy demonstrates the impact of markets and politics on both rich and poor countries.

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