9/25/19: TALK: Digitalisation and European Welfare States

2020-09-14 - 1 minute read

Join us on September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in 32-D463 to hear J. Scott Marcus, a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, discuss digitalisation and European welfare states.

Talk Description

Rapid technological progress and innovation can
destroy jobs and disrupt welfare systems. This is not
a new concern. Historically, automation of
production processes has led to extraordinary
efficiency gains and to the displacement of labour.
But the past is not necessarily a guide to the future.
Currently, an unprecedented digitalisation of our
economy is underway.

For welfare systems, which are largely funded by
taxes on employment, these changes have
significant implications. One of the big challenges of
the twenty-first century will be to redefine the
nature and functioning of welfare states in the
context of the fundamental changes brought about
by digitalisation, artificial intelligence and the
changing status of workers.

About the Speaker

J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, which is a economics think tank located in Brussels. Marcus also acts as an independent consultant covering topics related to policy and regulatory policy in electronics communications. Learn more about him in his Bruegel bio.