The Future of Work: A Guide for Transatlantic Policymakers
Mounting concern over the impact of technology and automation on economic, social, and political systems has induced slow-moving panic in Europe and the United States. As transatlantic policymakers race to lock in gains from rapid advances in technology and automation, they are also coming to grips with how new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics will affect work, tasks, and jobs. The changing nature of work and labor markets — and how best to prepare society and people for the jobs and tasks of the future — is one of the most crucial public policy challenges that transatlantic policymakers will face over the coming years.
But nothing about the future of work is inevitable. Indeed, the future of work and how exactly it will take shape is for policymakers and their constituents to decide.
Our guide seeks to draw attention to the topic – and the potential for transatlantic cooperation – while providing a starting point for policymakers to advance concrete future of work solutions. We do this by:
1. Making the case for why Europe and the United States should collaborate to design future of work solutions.
2. Disentangling competing visions for what future of work policy should (and shouldn’t) entail.
3. Creating a shared reservoir of facts and definitions around the future of work.
4. Comparison of future of work dynamics across France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
5. Articulating key future of work takeaways to policymakers.
The guide was co-authored with Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
Manager, Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence