Automation and its impact on the labour market - In person

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Join Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize 2010, for an evening exploring the future of work.

Please join us for the talk from 6pm, with a drinks reception from 7pm.

This event takes place on our Cambridge campus. You can also join us virtually.

About this event

New automation technologies, especially ones driven by AI, are penetrating the labour market and affecting most jobs, including many that previously were considered immune to such changes. But despite claims that the end of work is in sight, major economies are now short of labour to work with the new technologies, not short of jobs. What skills do the new technologies need, and what are the implications for work and worker wellbeing in the future?

About our speaker

Sir Christopher Pissarides is the 2010 Nobel Prize laureate in economics, the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. He is a macroeconomist who specialises in the economics of labour markets, economic growth and structural change, especially as they relate to obstacles to free-market clearing.

He has published extensively in academic journals and his book 'Equilibrium Unemployment Theory' is a standard reference in the academic literature on unemployment, which has influenced extensively labour market policies. He has received several prizes, awards and prestigious Academy fellowships for his work, including the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus and a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. In the last decade, he has mainly worked on the employment implications of automation and artificial intelligence and on the emergence of China as a global economic power.

He has recently been involved in the preparation of a Report on the development of the Greek economy, which bears his name, and through his position as Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work in London he is actively involved in securing the conditions for the creation of good work in the age of automation.

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