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The Real State of Technological Disruption in the U.S. Labor Market and What Policymakers Should Do About It

June 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0

2325 Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue SW

WashingtonDC 20515


From academia to cable news, politicians, pundits, and prognosticators of all stripes are saying workers in advanced industrial nations now face almost unprecedented levels of labor market disruption and insecurity: taxi drivers being displaced by Uber, lawyers losing out to artificial intelligence-enabled legal document review, robots putting blue-collar manufacturing workers on unemployment, and so on. The prevailing view is that technology is driving a relentless occupational “churn” in which traditional jobs are being destroyed and the hope is that new high-tech jobs are being created in their place. But what does the data show? Is the pace of change—fast or slow—helping or hurting workers? A new ITIF report shows that, contrary to perceptions, technology is now disrupting the fewest jobs in at least 165 years—a troubling sign of sluggish productivity. Join ITIF for the latest in its @Work series of events to discuss the interaction between automation, technology, and jobs, and explore how policymakers can put in place more effective and robust systems to help workers transition between jobs and occupations.

Lunch will be served.

A recording will be available following the event. Follow @ITIFdc during the event, and join the conversation using #ITIFworkseries.


John Delaney
Representative (D-MD)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Randy Hultgren
Representative (R-IL)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Edward Alden
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations
Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Lauren Eyster
Senior Research Associate, Income and Benefits Policy Center
Urban Institute
Robert Friedel
Professor, History of Technology & Science
University of Maryland
Adam Thierer
Senior Research Fellow
Mercatus Center at George Mason University