Harvard University and NBER, USA, IZA, Germany, and LSE, UK
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Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Work Life Forum at the Harvard Law School
Labor economics, economics of science and technology, China
PhD, Harvard University, 1969
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Workers can benefit from technology that substitutes robots or other machines for their work by owning part of the capital that replaces themRichard B. Freeman, May 2015Robots, that is any sort of machinery from computers to artificial intelligence programs that provides a good substitute for work currently performed by humans, can increasingly replace workers, even highly skilled professionals, and thus reduce opportunities for good jobs and pay. But, with appropriate policies, the higher productivity due to robots can improve worker well-being by raising incomes and creating greater leisure for workers. Consider the way Google reduces the need for reference librarians and research assistants, or the way massive open online courses reduce the need for professors and lecturers. How these new technologies affect worker well-being and inequality depends on who owns them.MoreLess