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The Future Impact of Automation on Workers - Wassily Leontief

The Future Impact of Automation on Workers

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Published: 16th January 1986
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While the computer revolution has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs, it has threatened as many other jobs with obsolescence and has often caused the displacement of workers by computer-based machines. Here, Nobel Prize-winning economist Wassily Leontief and Faye Duchin use the input-output approach, a method that has been widely applied in examining structural economic change, to analyze the complex issues surrounding the impact of computer-driven automation on employment. Following a general discussion of the impact of automation on employment, they focus on four specific sectors within the economy--manufacturing, office work, education, and health care. The input-output approach makes it possible to draw conclusions regarding both overall employment and the prospects for individual occupations. Taking account of the increased need for workers in the production of computer-based equipment, the authors conclude that by the year 2000 automation will not cause dramatic unemployment if the economy is able to achieve a smooth transition from the old to new technologies.

"The latest step in a cumulative endeavor of great importance, provides a conceptual and empirical framework for ecological economics to build alternative visions of the future."--Choice "This elegant volume is...refreshing, partly because of the authors' clear explanation of their approach and partly because of their message....should not be neglected by those thinking ahead, whether policymakers, businessmen, or academics."--Journal of Economic Literature "Unique and provocative."--Southern Economic Journal "The latest step in a cumulative endeavor of great importance, provides a conceptual and empirical framework for ecological economics to build alternative visions of the future."--Choice "This elegant volume is...refreshing, partly because of the authors' clear explanation of their approach and partly because of their message....should not be neglected by those thinking ahead, whether policymakers, businessmen, or academics."--Journal of Economic Literature "Unique and provocative."--Southern Economic Journal

ISBN: 9780195036237
ISBN-10: 0195036239
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 16th January 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.48