Review of World Economics

, Volume 151, Issue 2, pp 353–376 | Cite as

Globalization and social justice in OECD countries

  • Björn KauderEmail author
  • Niklas Potrafke
Original Paper


Social justice is a topic of importance to social scientists and also political decision makers. We examine the relationship between globalization and social justice as measured by a new indicator for 31 OECD countries. The results show that countries that experienced rapid globalization enjoy social justice. When the KOF index of globalization increases by one standard deviation, the social justice indicator increases by about 0.4 points (on a scale from 1 to 10). The policy implication is that permitting a national economy to become globally integrated is consistent with and promotes social justice.


Globalization Social justice Economic integration 

JEL Classification

D63 F61 



We received helpful comments from Niclas Berggren, Andreas Bergh, Christian Bjørnskov, Arye L. Hillman, Heinrich W. Ursprung, and an anonymous referee. Miriam Breckner, David Happersberger, Danny Kurban, and Felix-Sebastian Weber provided excellent research assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ifo Center for Public Finance and Political EconomyIfo InstituteMunichGermany
  2. 2.University of MunichMunichGermany

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