New automation technologies and job creation and destruction dynamics

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Author: Kucera, David


This policy brief addresses the question of whether the unfurling technological revolution is so far-reaching in its labour-replacing potential that it is inherently different from what has been experienced in the past, and on balance is an inhibitor rather than a generator of decent work. It does so by providing the following: (1) a critical review of recent empirical studies on the effects of new automation technologies on jobs; (2) a discussion of multiple job creation and destruction dynamics and how these can offset each other at different levels of aggregation, ranging from...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Technology; Employment; Industry; Equity; Policy; Outcomes

Keywords: History; Future; Trend; Policy implications; Employment creation; Employment opportunity; Technological change; Industry restructuring

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2017

Physical description: [6] p.

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