Digital automation and the future of work (Options Brief)
Digital automation and the future of work (Options Brief), EPRS, European Parliament, January 2021
This report addresses the nature, scope and possible effects of digital automation. It reviews relevant literature and situates modern debates on technological change in historical context. It also offers some policy options that, if implemented, would help to harness technology for positive economic and social ends. The report recognises that technological change can affect not just the volume of work but also its quality. It identifies threats to job quality and an unequal distribution of the risks and benefits associated with digital automation. In response, it recommends a number of policy options – ones that aim to go beyond the provision of skills and training and which seek a human-centred approach to digital transformations of work based on industrial democracy and social partnership. Overall, the report pushes for a new Digital Social Contract and a future of work that works for all
Publication type:
policy brief
Publication language:
English
Publication date:
2021-01
Publication URL:
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2021/656311/EPRS_STU(2021)656311(ANN1)_EN.pdf
Institute:
European Parliament / Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) (STOA)
Country:
EU
Project:
Digital automation and the future of work (STOA)

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