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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute
Annual Report, Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute
Public Perception of Globalization’s Impact Shapes Trade Realities
Christian Winge
Abstract

History teaches us that perception often matters much more than reality in shaping public opinion. Accordingly, perception is crucial to understanding the outcomes of globalization, from increased free trade and the breakdown of political and economic barriers to technological integration, greater capital flows and worker migration. Ideally, the public’s evaluations are sound and closely reflect reality. Polling data, however, indicate this is often not the case. Misplaced perceptions may profoundly affect the course of globalization policies.


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Christian Winge, "Public Perception of Globalization’s Impact Shapes Trade Realities" , Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, Annual Report, Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, pages 21-25, number 00010, 2011.
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