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Publication | January 6, 2022

The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Department of Economics
David Mindell Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation
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

This new book by the Co-Chairs of the Task force discusses why the United States lags behind other industrialized countries in sharing the benefits of innovation with workers and how we can remedy the problem. The United States has too many low-quality, low-wage jobs. Every country has its share, but those in the United States are especially poorly paid and often without benefits. Meanwhile, overall productivity increases steadily and new technology has transformed large parts of the economy, enhancing the skills and paychecks of higher-paid knowledge workers. What's wrong with this picture? Why have so many workers benefited so little from decades of growth? The Work of the Future shows that technology is neither the problem nor the solution. We can build better jobs if we create institutions that leverage technological innovation and also support workers though long cycles of technological transformation. (to be published 1/25/22)

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Publication | December 21, 2021

The work of the future. Building better jobs in an age of intelligent machines.

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Department of Economics
David Mindell Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation
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
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Publication | July 16, 2020

The Nature of Work after the COVID Crisis: Too Few Low-Wage Jobs

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics, MIT Department of Economics
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

The authors ask whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the conventional wisdom about automation and inequality in the US over the past four decades.

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