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Research Briefs | October 26, 2020

The Impact of New Technology on the Healthcare Workforce

RB09-2020

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Reports

Reports | November 17, 2020

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 Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research
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

Reports | November 1, 2019

The Work of the Future: Shaping Technology and Institutions

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research
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

To provide a framework for MIT's Task Force’s efforts over the next year, this report examines several aspects of the interaction between work and technology.

Research Briefs

Research Briefs | November 24, 2020

Manufacturing in America: A View from the Field

RB16-2020

Suzanne Berger John M. Deutch Institute Professor

Research Briefs | November 24, 2020

The State of Industrial Robotics: Emerging Technologies, Challenges, and Key Research Directions

RB15-2020

Lindsay Sanneman PhD Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Christopher Fourie PhD Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Julie Shah Associate Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Research Briefs | November 24, 2020

Additive Manufacturing: Implications for Technological Change, Workforce Development, and the Product Lifecycle

RB14-2020

Haden Quinlan Program Manager, MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies
John Hart Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP); Director, MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies

Research Briefs | November 10, 2020

Understanding and Addressing the Modern Productivity Paradox

RB13-2020

Erik Brynjolfsson Director, Stanford Digital Economy Lab; Senior Fellow, Stanford HAI and SIEPR; Professor Stanford Department of Economics
Seth Benzell Assistant Professor, Chapman University; Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the Stanford Digital Economy Lab
Daniel Rock Assistant Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Research Briefs | November 10, 2020

Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits to Workers in Precarious and Nonstandard Arrangements

RB12-2020

Katharine G. Abraham Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology, University of Maryland
Susan Houseman Vice President & Director of Research, W.E. Upjohn Institute
Christopher J. O’Leary Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Research Briefs | October 29, 2020

Good Jobs

RB11-2020

Joshua Cohen Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Philosophy, and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Faculty Member, Apple University

Research Briefs | October 29, 2020

Robots as Symbols and Anxiety Over Work Loss

RB10-2020

Christine Walley Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology

Research Briefs | October 26, 2020

The Impact of New Technology on the Healthcare Workforce

RB09-2020

Ari Bronsoler PhD Student, Department of Economics, MIT
Joseph Doyle Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management
John Van Reenen Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor, London School of Economics; Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Research Briefs | October 14, 2020

Skill Training for Adults

RB08-2020

Paul Osterman Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management; Co-director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Research Briefs | October 14, 2020

Growing Apart: Efficiency and Equality in the German and Danish VET Systems

RB07-2020

Christian Lyhne Ibsen Associate Professor, Michigan State University; Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Kathleen Thelen Ford Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science

Working Papers

Working Papers | May 20, 2020

Robots, Automation, and Employment: Where We Are

WP05-2020

Lukas Wolters PhD Candidate, Political Science

How to think about automation and potential job loss, where predictions of rising automation & job replacement come from, and offering paths for future research.

Working Papers | April 15, 2020

Training the Workforce of the Future: Insights from Work-Based Higher Education Programs in Germany and the United States

WP04-2020

Inez von Weitershausen Research Associate, Good Companies, Good Jobs

Industrialized economies share concerns about a growing mismatch between employers’ needs and workers’ skills, and how to prepare the 'workforce of the future'.

Working Papers | April 7, 2020

Redeployment or Robocalypse? Workers and Automation in Ohio Manufacturing SMEs

WP03-2020

Anna Waldman-Brown PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Explore how small factory owners conceptualize automation by complementing existing technologies to understand the likelihood of an impending robocalypse.

Working Papers | April 1, 2020

Job Skills Requirements: Levels and Trends

WP02-2020

Michael J. Handel Research Analyst, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Job skill requirements examined to understand historical trends & current levels, and provide a frame of reference for predicting future job skill requirements.

Working Papers | January 8, 2020

Independence of Technology and Work Systems

WP01-2020

Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
John Van Reenen Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor, London School of Economics; Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Susan Helper Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Alex Kowalski PhD Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

A summary of prior evidence on the interrelationships between technology and work systems, related management practices and their effects on economic performance.

Projects

Projects | September 29, 2020

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.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Regions and Industries

Suzanne Berger John M. Deutch Institute Professor
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 PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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

Projects | August 3, 2020

Mobility and the Workforce

Jason Jackson Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning
John Leonard Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
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

The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future uses Detroit MSA to examine the relationships between technology, work, and society through the lens of mobility.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Learning, Education, Training, and Skills

Paul Osterman Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management; Co-director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
Sanjay Sarma Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Vice President for Open Learning
Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
Suzanne Berger John M. Deutch Institute Professor
Kathleen Thelen Ford Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
Tavneet Suri Associate Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management
Inez von Weitershausen Research Associate, Good Companies, Good Jobs

The focus of this sub-group is to explore new pathways and institutional arrangements for delivering skills, training, and education based on new technologies.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Advanced Manufacturing

John Hart Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP); Director, MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies
Julie Shah Associate Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Work of the Future approaches manufacturing to understand how new technology is designed and developed, and how it changes the nature of the work & skills required to succeed.

Other Publications

Other Publications | 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 Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research
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.