China and Europe pose a conundrum to each other. Europe squirms uncomfortably between the USA and China in their superpower competition, trying to stay on good terms with both at the same time as minimising any risk of economic or geopolitical fallout.
Nina recognized early on that broadband access had practically become a human right, one that was shaping nearly all aspects of our lives. So, when she went for a career in economics, she quickly focused her research in that direction.
It was the ideal line-up for a workshop to explore the future of work: Pillars hand-in-hand with its partner the ifo Institute and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria. The task: to review how data can be leveraged to ascertain not only the state of skills availability, but also which skills will be needed in the future.
Acquiring early-career skills and having to reinvent yourself professionally over your working life go hand in hand, especially during these fast-changing times. Acquiring those early skills, however, definitely gives you a leg-up.
This workshop aims to bring together a group of researchers working on topics related to automation, technological change, and labor markets in a global economy. We will discuss theoretical and empirical contributions that help us understand the determinants of automation in an open economy and discuss the impact of automation and technology adoption on firms and their workers.
Policymakers are understandably concerned about the effect of automation technologies on employment and wage levels in their jurisdictions. The effects, however, tend to be quite heterogeneous – and not much is known regarding what drives this heterogeneity.
It is a powerful line-up: Pillars is joining forces with the ifo Institute and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria to review how data can be leveraged to ascertain not only the state of skills availability, but also which skills will be needed in the future.
It would be a match made in heaven: the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (known officially as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, PIAAC) and the European Commission’s ESCO project (a multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations). Together, they would create an invaluable map of the supply and demand for professional skills across countries.
Ever since China opened up to international trade, it has shaken up European labor markets one way or another, usually to the detriment of the low-skilled segment. Now, as it gains in sophistication and technological prowess, it may start to affect the high-skilled segment as well—and to a greater degree than the low-end one, by tapping European high-skilled workers.
She almost went over to the Dark Side. For years, she was sure that she wanted to study Business Administration. But luckily, before taking that fateful step, she attended a lecture to introduce Economics to prospective students. The discussion about monetary systems and global value chains mesmerized her. Three days before the deadline to commit to a career, she changed her mind. Now she is one of us.
The workshop aims to discuss the impact of automation technologies on the labour markets in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and to highlight policies in the region that have been designed to stimulate innovation and inclusion on the labour markets. Specifically, the project team would like to focus on three policy areas during the workshop:
There are worse things in life than decamping to a leafy island right across the water from San Marco in Venice. And if you can check the “work” box for it, well, that much better. SPRU and Pillars will be holding a workshop at the famed lagoon town in June 2023, devoted to combining different disciplinary approaches to tackle the effects that technological change will have on the future of work, instead of letting each discipline toil away on its own silo.
Francesco Trentini didn’t home in onto economics right away. His interest in the study of society led him to enroll in 2008 for a bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences at Milan’s Bocconi University, where he initially went for sociology and demography. His first thesis was on norms in cohabitation patterns in Europe.
Christina Langer has been invited to share her research about the German apprenticeship “The Value of Skills: New Evidence from Apprenticeship Plans” at the Seminar Series of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab.
Check out her talk here:
Pillars researchers were granted the honour to contribute to the first 'Policy Debate of the Hour" in the new issue of the EconPol Forum (formerly CESifo Forum) on European Labor Markets.
The Pillars Scientific Advisory Council has gained in Bledi Taska a new member whose credentials and expertise are a perfect fit to help guide Pillars’ course towards inclusive labor markets.
When economists don’t talk to technology specialists, or vice-versa, the results can range from commercially disappointing to downright disastrous. Think of overengineered cars or planes that flopped in the marketplace, or of recent tragic failures in aircraft safety when bean counters prevailed over engineers.
Since he decided to go into Economics, Giulio Vannelli always had globalisation in his mind, in particular its core element, global value chains. That’s what he devoted his PhD thesis to, at the University of Trento last year, examining “Economic development in a globalised world: the role of Global Value Chains”. The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, honoured him with a PhD scholarship to this end.
Until just a few decades back you could count on the education you got in college seeing you all the way to retirement. Now, you have to reinvent yourself professionally several times during your working life just to stay current. Lifelong learning is the name of the game, and training and re-skilling the tools of choice.
PILLARS will run a global Delphi survey to gather different views on the future trends in emerging automation technologies, the industries that will adopt them and the tasks they will perform. To that purpose, we want to hear from technology experts in business, workers’ associations, inventors, researchers, and civil society organizations.
Ana Oliveira joined the Pillars Team at UNU-MERIT in February 2022. Get to know her.
We are pleased to announce the 1st PILLARS Conference on Education, Skills, and Worker Retraining on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022.
Please note that due to the current Covid situation the conference will run in an online format and the dates have been changed to Thursday 17 and Friday 18 February 2022.