The final conference in Brussels "SkillShift – Future-Proofing the Workforce" brought the Pillars project to a close. In case you missed it, here is a summary of key insights.
With the accelerating pace of recent years, there is an urgent need for policymakers to address the current and future impact of emerging digital automation technologies on jobs, skills demand, and wage inequality. Critical decisions will need to be made to ensure that investment, education, and skills training keep up with a range of technological and socioeconomic shifts.
The final policy workshop is aimed at policy makers and key stakeholders promoting inclusive labour markets in Europe. The workshop is divided into two parts.
The first part of the workshop aims to present and discuss the policy tools developed during the PILLARS project. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to sharing lessons learnt from effective recent/ongoing initiatives on inclusive labour markets and the future of work.
From emerging technologies to functional specialisation in skills and Global Value Chains (GVCs), there are a range of rapid technological and socioeconomic shifts with which policymakers are continuing to get to grips.
In its agreement with film and television companies, the Writers Guild of America included not only pay increases, but also protections around artificial intelligence. Screenwriters are not the only ones fretting about their jobs as AI takes the world by storm: the stormy sounds are keeping many other types of workers, and policymakers foremost, awake at night. And AI is just one of the disruptive technologies being deployed.
The increasing penetration of digital automation technologies such as artificial intelligence and robots is likely to have a massive impact on regional labour markets in the years to come. This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners across different fields to further our understanding of how regions can better address the challenges and seize the opportunities associated with the digital automation technologies.
Beyond academic papers, the workshop will include high-level economists from the OECD, as well as a presentation of a Delphi survey of experts on recent trends in digitization, AI and outcomes for labor.
We are delighted to invite you to join the largest international consultation on the future of automation, work and skills.
In this survey we collect views from thousands of technology specialists, managers, scientists and experts from civil society and policy across industries and regions. Participants have a unique opportunity to share and discuss their views on automation technologies that they expect to become widely adopted by 2030, which work activities they will perform and which skills they will demand.
The workshop aims to discuss policy practices that make labour markets more inclusive, while capitalising on the opportunities created by automation technologies. The following policy areas will be in the focus of the workshop – education and training, labour market and employment, innovation and entrepreneurship, migration and labour mobility.
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. Pillars co-invited to a Munich Economic Debate organised jointly with the ifo Institute and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a major German daily, to discuss the relationship’s prospects.
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. Fittingly, she got a grant from the Deutsche Telekom and her doctoral thesis, which she worked on as a doctoral student and junior researcher at the ifo Institute, dealt with the economics of digitalisation.
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.
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. This makes devising the right policies a bit tricky.
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: