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Wealth Of Humans, The : Work and Its Absence in the Twenty-first Century - Ryan Avent

Wealth Of Humans, The

Work and Its Absence in the Twenty-first Century

Paperback Published: 18th April 2017
ISBN: 9780141981185
Number Of Pages: 288

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To work is human. It puts food on the table, meaningfully structures our days, and strengthens our social ties. When work works, it provides the basis for a stable social order.

To work is human. It puts food on the table, meaningfully structures our days, and strengthens our social ties. When work works, it provides the basis for a stable social order.

Yet the world of work is changing fast, and in unexpected ways. With rapid advances in information technology, huge swathes of the job market - from cleaners and drivers to journalists and doctors - are being automated, or soon will be: a staggering 47% of American employment is at risk of automation within the next two to three decades. Yet at the same time millions more jobs are being created. What does the future of work hold?

In this illuminating new investigation of what this revolution in work means for us, Ryan Avent lays bare the contradictions in today's global labour market. From Volvo's operations in Sweden to a vast Foxconn production facility in Shenzhen, via Indian development economists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, he offers the first clear explanation of the state we're in-and how we could get out of it.

With an ever-increasing divide between the rich and the rest, Avent states, something has got to give. The traditional escape routes - improved education, wage subsidies, and new industries built by entrepreneurs-will no longer work as they once did. In order to navigate our way across today's rapidly transforming economic landscape, he argues, we must revisit our previous experiences of massive technological change - and radically reassess the very idea of how, and why, we work.

About the Author

Ryan Avent is Economics Correspondent for The Economist and his work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. Previously, he worked as an economic consultant and as an industry analyst for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal fact finding agency for the US Government in the broad field of labour economics and statistics. This is his first book. He lives in London.

Industry Reviews

Avent is a fluent writer who takes complex ideas and works them, like Plasticine, into vivid models ... The Wealth of Humans stands favourable comparison with Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty -- Martin Vander Weyer * Telegraph *
Ryan Avent is a superb writer ... highly readable and lively -- Thomas Picketty
Compelling and troubling... In popular commentary on the future, there is an unhelpful view that one day each of us will turn up at work and find a robot sitting in our chairs. Avent's alternative account, of a slow but persistent decline in the importance of work and a fractious search for a new political settlement, is immeasurably more plausible -- Daniel Susskind * Sunday Times *
In the world of economics, Ryan Avent is simply one of the sharpest and most intelligent writers around. Nobody is better placed to tell us how technology is shaping our economy and our lives -- Tim Harford
An important argument on a subject that will shape the coming decades -- Duncan Weldon * Prospect *

ISBN: 9780141981185
ISBN-10: 0141981180
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th April 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1

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