The most important policy to boost economic opportunity is one that focuses on shifting the occupational mix toward fewer low-wage jobs and more middle-wage ones.
Labor Markets and Skills
March 5, 2018
No one has done more to shape the narrative about income inequality in America than economist Thomas Piketty. But he and his colleagues have been making questionable methodological choices that maximize the jarring effect of their findings.
February 20, 2018
Rather than slow down technological disruption to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority who are benefiting, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are displaced transition successfully into new jobs and occupations.
February 20, 2018
Please join ITIF for a panel discussion of the challenges and opportunities posed by the coming wave of technological innovation in the economy and the steps and policies that policymakers should enact to ensure that American workers are prepared for an era of significant technological change.
January 25, 2018
In testimony before California’s Little Hoover Commission, ITIF President Rob Atkinson encourages state policymakers to support AI development and adoption while improving state systems for helping workers make transitions between jobs and occupations.
November 9, 2017
Fearmongers say robots are coming to destroy our jobs, and the solution is to slow them down with taxes. But that’s wrong on both counts.
October 6, 2017
I Object, Your Honor: Pew Is Leading the Witness (and Confirming Its Own Bias) in Its Survey on Automation and Jobs
The Pew Center for Internet & Society recently polled Americans on artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of jobs. The study finds—wait for it—that people are worried about automation.
September 25, 2017
In a presentation hosted by the FHC Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil, Rob Atkinson provided an overview of the history of technological disruption and the effects of technology-driven change in a variety of occupations.
July 17, 2017
Fact of the Week: Minority Students Accepted Into Entrepreneurial Training Programs Were 20 Percentage Points More Likely to Pursue Entrepreneurial Careers Than Those Who Were Finalists But Not Accepted
Among minorities, those who were accepted into an entrepreneurial training program were 20 percentage points more likely to pursue an entrepreneurial career than those who were finalists for the program but not accepted, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 27, 2017
The Real State of Technological Disruption in the U.S. Labor Market and What Policymakers Should Do About It
Join ITIF for the latest in its @Work series of events to discuss the interaction between automation, technology, and jobs, and explore how policymakers can put in place more effective and robust systems to help workers transition between jobs and occupations.
June 19, 2017
Fact of the Week: The Much-Publicized Gap Between Productivity Growth and Wage Growth Shrinks in Nearly Nine Out of 10 Industries When it is Calculated Correctly
The productivity-compensation gap all but disappears when using the correct output deflators to adjust workers' wages, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.