Technology is fundamentally reshaping the nature of work worldwide, spurring heated debate. While some worry that deepening automation and the rapid growth of online and “on-demand” labor platforms are eroding job quantity and quality, others claim that productivity gains will translate into more and better jobs in the long run. With its 2016 signature volume, JustJobs Network introduces real case studies from around the world, examining how technology in its different dimensions is changing employment outcomes.
The 10-chapter volume, “Transformations in Technology, Transformations in Work,” discusses a diverse range of topics: From online freelancer platforms in Latin America to the on-demand economy in Indonesia, from new models of work design in Germany to tech-based farm subsidies in Zambia. It adds nuance to the global debate and grounds it in the experience of policymakers, businesses and workers around the world.