Productivity

What does the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics portend for human workers? Rob Atkinson argues “these technologies are no different than past technology waves,” and he bets U.S. unemployment will remain below 8 percent in the year 2035. Calum Chace disagrees.
Productivity
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December 13, 2017
What does the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics portend for human workers? Rob Atkinson argues “these technologies are no different than past technology waves,” and he bets U.S. unemployment will remain below 8 percent in the year 2035. Calum Chace disagrees.
September 28, 2017
India's transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced his opposition to driverless vehicles in the country, saying he would "not allow any technology that takes away jobs." This kind of rhetoric may make for good politics, but it's terrible economics and awful for the future of Indian workers who need the country to continually modernize.
July 8, 2017
Speaking at Les Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence, Rob Atkinson argued we need to accelerate productivity growth to raise standards of living.
June 15, 2017
In the short-term, technological progress will depend in large part on broader and deeper “installation” of existing information and communications technologies, writes Rob Atkinson on the OECD-World Bank Innovation Policy Platform.
May 10, 2017
If you study the U.S. labor market from the Civil War era to present, you discover that we are in a period of unprecedented calm—with comparatively few jobs shifting between occupations—and that is a bad sign, writes Rob Atkinson in the Christian Science Monitor.
May 8, 2017
There is considerable confusion about the potential effects of emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence on employment. This primer outlines 13 key points to understand about that interaction.
April 4, 2017
There was a time in America, not too long ago, when most people were full-throated advocates of technologically powered productivity growth, writes Rob Atkinson in National Review. Those days are gone, though.
February 13, 2017
Automation was not the primary culprit behind manufacturing job losses, and now too little automation is depressing U.S. output and leading to stagnation in U.S. manufacturing.
December 31, 2016
Rob Atkinson writes in National Review that what will really make the economy great again—and raise living standards at the rate Americans expect—is a comprehensive national productivity strategy.
December 1, 2016
Confusion about job creation is leading to the serious policy mistake of ignoring stagnant U.S. productivity, writes Rob Atkinson in the Christian Science Monitor.

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