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The upshots and downsides of globalization were examined during a PBS Newshour segment that featured the opinions of four Kennedy School Mid-Career students, all of whom are Mason Fellows. Professors Robert Lawrence and Dani Rodrik were also interviewed for the segment which was hosted by anchor Paul Solman and aired on PBS stations nationwide on June 1.
The students who were interviewed for the segment were: Mingyou Bao, People's Bank of China; Yanina Budkin, former communications officer with the World Bank; Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, a member of Parliament in Thailand; and Frederick Sumaye, former prime minister of Tanzania. They expressed varying opinions about globalization and its impacts on developing countries. Lawrence spoke primarily in favor of globalization, while Rodrik was more ambivalent about its impacts.