At some point with the development of a vaccine or an effective treatment, the economy will come back to normal. And when it does, so too will opposition to automation, at a time when we will need productivity more than ever to shrink the now massive debt-to-GDP ratio.
Labor Markets and Skills
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.
June 12, 2017
Fact of the Week: In the EU, Increasing R&D Investment Creates 30 Percent More Employment in High-Tech Firms than Medium-Tech Firms
In the EU, increasing R&D investment by one percent creates 30 percent more employment in high-tech firms than medium-tech firms, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 5, 2017
The prevailing narrative that the U.S. labor market is experiencing an unprecedented rate of technology-driven disruption couldn’t be further from the truth, write Rob Atkinson and John Wu in Brink.
May 10, 2017
There is considerable confusion about the potential effects of emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence on employment. Rob Atkinson outlines 13 key points to understand about that interaction in HuffPost.