Milberg, William


William Milberg
PhD 1987, Rutgers University
Dean and Professor of Economics

Concentration: International trade.
Courses Taught:

History of Economic Thought

Understanding Global Capitalism (joint with Global Studies)

Historical Foundations of Political Economy I and II

Contemporary Debates in Trade Policy (International Affairs Program)

World Political Economy

Political Economy (joint with Sociology)


International Trade

International Finance

Seminar in Economic Methodology
Recent Publications:
Outsourcing  Economics:  Global Value Chains in Capitalist Development, Cambridge University Press. 2013 (with D. Winkler).

The Making of Economic Society, 13th edition, Prentice Hall, 2011 (with R. Heilbroner).

"Industrial Policy in the Era of Vertically Specialized Industrialization," in Industrial Policy for Economic Development: Lessons from Country Experiences, edited by J. Salazar-Xirinachs and R. Kozul-Wright, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014. (with X. Jiang and G. Gereffi)

"Does Industrial Upgrading Lead to Employment and Wage Gains?" Oxford Handbook of Outsourcing and Employment, A. Bardhan et al., Editors, Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Classical and Neoclassical Theories of Offshore Outsourcing," in M. Trautwein, editor, Macroeconomics and Income Distribution: Essays in Honor of Harald Hageman,  2012. (with Deborah Winkler)

"Actual and Perceived Effects of Offshoring on Economic Insecurity:  The Role of Labor Market Regimes," in M. Jansen and M. Bacchetta, editors, Making Globalisation Socially Sustainable:

A Joint ILO - WTO Volume, Geneva: WTO, 2011. (with D. Winkler)

"Trade, Crisis, and Recovery: Restructuring Global Value Chains," in O. Cateneo et al., editors, Global Value Chains in the Economic Crisis and Recovery, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 (with D. Winkler).

"Implications of the Financial Crisis for Firm Innovation," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Spring 2014 (with N. Shapiro).

"Methodenstreit 2013: Historical Perspective on the Current Debate Over How to Reform Macroeconomics," Forum for Social Economics, 2013 (prize for best article in the journal in 2012-2013).

"Bias in the 'Proportionality Assumption' Used in the Measurement of Offshoring," World Economics, Vol. 14, No. 4, Oct-Dec. 2012 (with D. Winkler).

"Industrial Upgrading and Vertical Specialization: A Preliminary Note," Working Paper No. 8, Capturing the Gains from Globalization, University of Manchester, 2012 (with X. Jiang)

"Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks: Problems of Theory

and Measurement," International Labour Review, 2011 (with D. Winkler).

"After T-Bills and T-Shirts: China's Role in "High" and "Low" Fashion after the Global Economic Crisis," Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, 2011 (with H. Clark).

"Economic Insecurity in the New Wave of Globalization," International Review of Applied Economics, 2010 (with D. Winkler).

"Financialization and the Dynamics of Offshoring," Cambridge Journal of Economics,March, 2010 (with D. Winkler).

"Global Defeminization? Industrial Upgrading, Occupational Segmentation and Manufacturing Employment in Middle-Income Countries," Working Paper 2010-1, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School, April 2010. (with S. Tejani).
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6 East 16th Street, Suite 1027
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Currently serving The New School for Social Research as Dean
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Research Interests:
Labor market effects of international trade and investment, economic and social upgrading in global value chains, outsourcing and financialization, the history and methodology of economics.

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