The Davos Man

Does globalization make the world richer or poorer?

"Davos Man" has been easy to poke fun at from the time the World Economic Forum, founded in 1971, first got widespread attention in the 1990s. And this year is no different, as business leaders, politicians and, O.K., some lucky inky-fingered wretches prepare to trek to the conclave in the Swiss Alps town of Davos. The annual meeting of the international business ??lite, Davos developed a reputation as a cheerleader for globalization. But by the late 1990s, it was fashionable to argue that economic integration benefits only those who live in rich countries and who work in multinational companies, able to...