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ECON3500: Economics of Globalization: Home

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The following links will provide an overview of globalization. They will also direct you to information about specific topics relevant to this course, some of which are also included in the above tabs. In addition to the topic pages, the websites for the organizations below also include research publications and working papers that provide reliable data (see the Journals and Working Papers box on this page for links).

International Labour Organization (ILO):

 International Monetary Fund (IMF):

World Bank:

United Nations (UN):

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

  • Industry and Globalisation
  • For information on additional topics, click on "Publications" on the top of the OECD home page, and then choose "Browse by Theme" to choose your topic. Most of the reports can either be read online or downloaded as PDFs.
    • NOTE: Some reports require a subscription to access the PDF. However, in those cases, the report can often still be read online. Look for reports that have a yellow happy face for full access to both the PDF and online version. Reports that have a blue face will still allow you to read online.


You can use the following database to find scholarly articles and statistics on globalization, labor migration, income inequalities, environmental issues, trade, multinational corporations, and many more topics:

A note about accessing the NBER Working Papers: 

There are two ways to locate NBER Working Papers. You can:

a) go to the Articles and Databases section of the Library website and locate the NBER database (or click on it above!), OR

b) search the Library catalog for NBER and your topic.

Journals and Working Papers

Many of the organizations mentioned in this guide also publish journals where you can find peer-reviewed articles. The journals listed below are all accessible through the Cheng Library website. To find them, search for them by title under the "Journals A-Z" tab on the Library home page. All of the journals listed below are peer-reviewed unless otherwise indicated. 

In addition to journals, the organizations also provide working papers, which are usually pre-publication versions of research articles. They are considered "in progress" and have not gone through the peer-review process. The series of working papers provided by each organization below are freely available and can be downloaded as PDFs.


  • International Labour Review (1 year delay on full text)
  • International Journal of Labour Research (also available on ILO site through 2014)
  • ILO Working papers 


World Bank:

World Bank has several journal titles, mostly available on the World Bank website but there is an embargo on full text for most recent articles. The Library does not have current access to these journals.

  • World Bank Technical Papers 
    • This collection includes high-quality, informal series of polished reports. The papers in these series are the result of economic and socioeconomic research conducted under the direction of the World Bank. All of these papers benefit from a rigorous external review process. - World Bank website
  • World Bank Working Papers 
    • This collection includes high-quality, informal series and other mixed content collections (typically of article-length items). These are often works in progress disseminated for discussion purposes and some of these papers have not been peer reviewed externally. - World Bank website


  • Transnational Corporations (not peer reviewed)


NOTE: these titles have a 6 month delay on full text

  • Nuclear Law Bulletin (not peer reviewed)
  • OECD Journal on Budgeting 
  • OECD Journal: Economic Studies
  • OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends (not peer reviewed)
  • OECD Journal: Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis
  • OECD Observer
  • OECD Working Papers – listed here by subject 



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