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ESMT Open Lecture with Laura Tyson

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"How automation is transforming the German labor market"


In this lecture, Laura Tyson, the Richard Holbrooke Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, will discuss the impact of automation on work and the labor market in Germany. Amazing new technologies that automate work hold the promise of higher productivity and efficiency. But they also threaten large disruptive changes that will displace workers and trigger changes in the skill, occupational and sectoral composition of employment and in the level and distribution of wages. Concerns over these disruptive changes raise many questions about the future of work. As intelligent machines take on more work currently done by humans, will there be enough jobs for human workers seeking employment? How will automation affect the educational and skill requirements of jobs? Will available jobs have adequate wages and social protections to provide meaningful livelihoods to workers? Tyson’s research is predicated on the belief that the answers to these questions are not technologically predetermined—they will depend on the actions of businesses, labor organizations and government.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12.30 p.m.

Registration: starts at 12.00 p.m.

“How automation is transforming the German labor market”
ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
Speaker: Laura D. Tyson, Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann, Professor of Politics at Bard College Berlin


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About the speaker

Laura D. Tyson is the Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She chairs the Blum Center for Developing Economies Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley. From July 2018 to December 2018, she served as Interim Dean of Berkeley Haas. Previously, she was the Dean of London Business School (2002-2006) and the Dean of Berkeley Haas (1998-2001). Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board (2011-2013) and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (2011-2013) and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011). She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). Tyson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior external advisor at McKinsey Global Institute. She is a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., Lexmark International Inc., Apex Swiss Holdings SARL and The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Foundation. She serves on the advisory boards of The Rock Creek Group and Afiniti. She is a Global Economy Fellow of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and an Editorial Advisory Board Member of Y-Analytics. Tyson is the co-author of the World Economic Forum Annual Gender Gap Report and Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nations High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. She has also written opinion columns for many publications including BusinessWeek, The New York Times and the Financial Times and is a regular contributor to Project Syndicate.



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