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Skills and Future of Work

As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our research on skills and the future of work covers skill-building through science, technology, engineering, and math education; use of technology in primary and secondary school; higher education reform; innovations such as massive open online courses; and incumbent worker-training policies.

Skills and Future of Work

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September 30, 2022|Blogs

Oops: The Predicted 47 Percent of Job Loss From AI Didn’t Happen

It’s been nine years since Oxford professors Frey and Osborne’s dystopian forecast came out, so it’s worth looking at what happened to U.S. jobs with the increase of new technologies.

September 19, 2022|Reports & Briefings

How the IT Sector Powers the US Economy

The information technology (IT) sector makes an outsized contribution to the U.S. economy as a leading exporter that creates high-paying jobs, including for non-college-educated workers, while producing highly innovative products and services that drive broad-based growth, counteract inflation, and improve people’s quality of life.

August 5, 2022|Blogs

It’s Not Up for Debate. Remote and Hybrid Are the Future of Work—Even for Federal Employees

Though telework presents unique challenges, particularly in cybersecurity, Congress and the federal government should be thoughtful in its adoption, not obstinate in accessing its benefits just because an opposing party’s administration has made it a priority.

August 1, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Hi-Tech Diversity Is a Societal Goal, Not an Industry Scandal

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 8: Every industry and every profession has faced the challenge of developing a workforce that looks more like America itself. A steady flow of talent from leading universities remains the key to overcoming long-standing barriers and stereotypes.

July 5, 2022|Reports & Briefings

No One Talks About Too Much Automation Anymore

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 7: Remember all those breathless warnings that artificial intelligence would soon eliminate a wide range of “routine” jobs? So far, pretty much the opposite has occurred. Given today’s widespread worker shortages, corrosive inflation, and vast societal challenges, America clearly needs all the automation it can get.

May 9, 2022|Presentations

The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation on “The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy” at the “Education and Training of a Big Data Workforce Symposium” hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

May 9, 2022|Presentations

The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to the New Jersey Big Data Alliance Annual Symposium Building the Workforce Pipeline for a Data-Driven Economy on the state of digital skills in the U.S. economy.

April 18, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: Sixteen Percent of Americans Have Worked for an Online Platform App

U.S. labor law doesn’t yet know what to do with people who make all or part of their living on gig-enabling Internet platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.

March 28, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: Teleworking Options Are Expected to Remain Available After COVID-19 for 70 Percent of Workforces Employed in Knowledge-Intensive Services

Managers found that company productivity improved under a companywide teleworking policy, with the strongest ratings on productivity improvement made from managers of firms in “hybrid” models, where workers share time between the home and office.

March 7, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: The Number of Female STEM Graduates Has Grown 30 Percentage Points Faster in the Last Two Decades Than the Number of Male Grads

In time-series data from 2003 to the most recently released year of 2019, NSF reports that the annual number of female STEM graduates rose from 183 percent, from 1.2 million in 2003 to 2.2 million in 2019.

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