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Projects | August 3, 2020

Mobility and the Workforce

Jason Jackson, John Leonard, David Mindell

The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future is examining the relationships between technology, work, and society through the lens of mobility, using Southeastern Michigan (the Detroit MSA) as a case study. The automotive industry and transportation as a whole are being transformed by new technologies and business models that directly impact the nature of work and jobs in those industries, while also shaping labor markets, transportation systems, and urban and regional planning. New advances in autonomous transportation shape labor markets and affect firm and household decisions about where to locate, as well as how (and how far) to commute. New business models such as ride- and car-sharing platforms increase gig economy work—and also the possibility of more regulation due to how these new platforms are emerging and are being shaped by social and economic institutions. Regional transportation systems are also being reconsidered in light of these changes. By looking at how these transformations are or may play out in one region, we hope to provide action-oriented insights into how work and workers can prepare for and be supported by these significant changes.

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MIT Global Research Network

Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Timothy Sturgeon Senior Researcher, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Jason Jackson Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning
Charles Fine Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management; Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems

The Global Research Network is an MIT-led network of researchers, generating comparative international research to help reach data-driven conclusions on topics related to the work of the future and other relevant topics.

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Regions and Industries

Suzanne Berger Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Frank Levy Rose Professor Emeritus, MIT
Susan Helper Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Daniel Traficonte PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Anna Waldman-Brown Research Associate and PhD Student

MIT WotF task force researches trends in several industries in terms of technology adoption, changing skills requirements and overall changes to work and jobs.

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