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Technological turbulence and future jobs

Long run economic growth depends on the application of new technologies that reshape production, adding new kinds of work to the economy. However, such reshaping inevitably exposes labour markets to a time of technological turbulence as many of the safe havens for low-skilled workers disappear. In this ideas and debate series, Policy Network look to explore this crucial transition, and why progressive politics is needed now more than ever.


‚ÄčTechnological change and new work
47% current jobs in advanced economies are at risk of being automated in the next two decades, making the skills of some workers obsolete. To manage this transition into new work has to therefore be a key priority for policymakers
By Carl Benedikt Frey & Michael Osborne


Robots and progressive politics
There are those who argue that progressive politics is doomed because the powerful forces of the market and technology are inevitably leading us to a more unequal society. The opposite is the case, and progressive politics is more necessary than ever.
By Alan Manning

The societal impact of technology
Technological advances in the 1950s and 1960s revolutionised society and the economy. Now though, policymakers must look to safeguard equity and equality of opportunity
By Maarten Goos

The future of manufacturing
If economies are to capitalise on the innate innovative potential of their populations then we will need policies to encourage a movement towards boutique local manufacturing
By Julie Madigan

What future for work?
By 2030, the global labour market is likely to be highly competitive, and young people are already finding it difficult to get into work. Strategic relationships with employers and training providers are thus vital to ensure that the right skills needed by business for a rapidly changing environment are developed and provided
By Peter Glover, Helen Beck, Vicki Belt & Duncan Brown

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