Andreu Mas-Colell speaks on the future of work

The Academia Europaea (AE), The Academy of Europe, has awarded its prestigious Erasmus Medal in 2017 to Andreu Mas-Colell.  Andreu is a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) and its section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”, a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), and one of the most prominent European economists of our time. For more details on the medal and the award winner.

In response to this honor, Andreu Mas-Colell will deliver a lecture on

“Is the era of work ending?”

during the Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, on Tuesday September 5, 2017.

Andreu Mas-Colell delivers a speculative talk on the future of work – and jobs – in economies subject to the scientific and technological advances associated with mechanization. Three propositions are defended: (i) that if it is made an overwhelming priority of public policy, the minimization of work is a possibility in the long-run, (ii) that the natural development of our managed economies will not necessarily lead to this outcome, and (iii) that this minimization of the role of work is an undesirable outcome that should not be fostered.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), which he had created in 1998 to investigate among others the future of labor, will be an interested participant and student of this lecture. A recent public speech on this issue of Zimmermann has been:

PUBLIC SPEECH of Klaus F. Zimmermann                                                                             International Labor Day May 2015 on “The Big Trade-Off in the World of Labor”     (Linkedin Comment, TextVIDEO)


Andreu Mas-Colell

Andreu Mas-Colell, University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Barcelona GSE, MAE & GLO; Recipient of the Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europaea 2017; former Minister for Universities and Research and former Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

Zimmermann before attending the lecture of Mas-Colell  in the Hungarian Academy of Science



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