Sociologists have long been interested in the effects of economic globalization on the lives of local communities across the world. Over the past 30 years, growing international trade has resulted in greater worldwide integration of national, regional, and domestic economies into the world economy. As a result, multilateral trade has become reliant on large and complex interconnected networks of production and trade in which the contemporary world economy now rests upon. Yet, despite unprecedented economic globalization in recent years, greater interconnectedness has reshaped economic inequalities between and within nation-states.
Economic markets are now more global than ever before. People, firms, organizations, and governments invest in markets all over the world. As a consequence, economic downturns in one country transmit across the globe at an unprecedented speed and magnitude. Case in point, the 2008 collapse of the US housing market quickly spread across the world economy. The economic globalization of the past 30 years laid the groundwork for the worldwide market turmoil that came from the 2008-2009 Global Economic Crisis. However, the literature remains unclear as to the long-lasting effects of the 2008-2009 global economic crisis on economic globalization.
My research applies a social network perspective to triangulate a link between economic global trade, economic crises, and economic productivity at both the macro- and micro-levels of the world economy. I seek to answer the following:
Below are snapshots of my research projects that are dedicated to the
study of crisis, globalization, and structural inequality at the
macro-level of the world economy. Using international trade data from
the International Monetary Fund’s Direction
of Trade Statistics, I constructed network trade data of 191
countries across a 17-year time-period (2001-2018). Data analysis was
completed using the
in R Studio.
The size and density of a social network are important indicators for measuring network connectivity. Network size refers to the number of nodes in a network and is critical for the structure of social relations and formation of hierarchies within the network. The density of a graph measures of how many ties between actors exist compared to how many ties between actors are possible.
Degree centralization– The distribution of influence and prestige in the network. When network ties are directed, we factor both the volume of ties sent (out-degree) and ties received (in-degree).
Out-degree centralization typically indicates influence.
centralization indicates prestige or popularity.
Globalization in the late 20th century has given rise to a global international division of labor that has segmented into a core-periphery structure. In social network analysis, the core-periphery structure is an elemental network pattern that refers to the presence of two qualitatively distinct components: a dense “core” of tightly connected actors and a sparse “periphery” of actors that are tightly connected to the core and loosely among each other. In the case of global trade, the core are highly interconnected with most other nation-states across the entire global economic system whereas peripheral nation-states, on the other hand, are the least interconnected and mainly depend on their economic relations with the core.
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