Milberg, William


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

Concentrations: International trade, methodology of economics.
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:

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

"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, 2014. (with Xiao Jiang and Gary Gereffi)

Outsourcing  Economics:  Global Value Chains in Capitalist Development, Cambridge University Press. 2013 (with Deborah Winkler).

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

"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 Deborah Winkler).

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

"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 Deborah Winkler)

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

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

and Measurement," International Labour Review, 2011 (with Deborah 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 Hazel Clark).

"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 Deborah Winkler).

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

"Financialization and the Dynamics of Offshoring," Cambridge Journal of Economics, March, 2010 (with Deborah 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 Sheba Tejani).

Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, Suite 1027
Office Hours:
Currently serving The New School for Social Research as Dean
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5777 ext. 3100

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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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