'Ryan Avent is a superb writer ... highly readable and lively' Thomas Piketty
'A pleasure to read. This is an important argument on a subject that will shape the coming decades' Duncan Weldon, Prospect
To work is human, 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: a staggering 47% of American employment is at risk of automation within the next two to three decades. 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 means for us, Ryan Avent lays bare the contradictions in today's global labour market. From Volvo's operations in Sweden to the vast 'Factory Asia' hub in China, he offers the first clear explanation of the state we're in-and how we could get out of it.
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.