New technologies: a jobless future or golden age of job creation?

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Author: Nuebler, Irmgard


The new wave of technological innovation is expected to fundamentally change the future of jobs. The debate on the impact on jobs, however, is controversial. Some expect a jobless future, while others argue that history will repeat itself, and new technologies will eventually create new and better jobs. This research aims at a better understanding of the dynamics of job destruction and job creation. The paper develops a framework to explain the nexus between new technology, innovation and jobs, and the forces driving labour-saving as well as job-creating innovations. Technological change...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Technology; Employment; Outcomes; Innovation; Culture and society

Keywords: Future; Workplace change; Occupational structure; Job requirements; Technological change; Employment creation; Labour utilisation; Social change

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2016

Physical description: v, 28 p.

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ISSN: 2413-4589 (web pdf)

Statement of responsibility: Irmgard Nubler

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.576

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