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Policy Panel: Lost Generations? Trade, Technology and the Future of Work

Monday 10 June 2019 - Location: Old Theatre, London School of Economics

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

CEP and LSE's Department of Economics host a policy panel, chaired by Prof. Andres Velasco (Dean of School of Public Policy, LSE) on trade, technology and the future of work.

Panellists: Dr Swati Dhingra (LSE and CEP), Dorothee Rouzet (OECD), Professor Peter Schott (Yale School of Management), Professor John Van Reenen (MIT and LSE)

This event is free, unticketed, and open to all. For more information on how to attend, please visit the LSE Event webpage.

For the video of the policy panel, click here.


The working lives of younger generations seem more precarious today. The economy has transformed towards lower shares of workers in national income, the rise of superstar firms, non-poaching agreements, zero hour contracts, and the decline of unions. Future developments like artificial intelligence and worldwide work platforms could have a profound impact on the future of work. Technological developments like the gig economy have already created a new set of entrepreneurs, but they have also casualized work in many areas. Recent empirical research has made much progress in understanding the processes driving these changes in the economy and their impacts on firms, workers and communities.


About the panellists:

Professor Andres Velasco recently joined the LSE as Dean of the School of Public Policy. He brings an exceptional breadth of experience in a distinguished career spanning academia, policy and politics. He was the Minister of Finance in Chile between 2006 and 2010 and held professorial roles at the Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia University┬┤s School of International and Public Affairs. He has advised governments around the world and formulated policy at the highest levels.

Dr Swati Dhingra is an Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, researching globalisation and industrial policy. She is co-author of the recent “Life after Brexit” report published by the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, which looked at the UK’s options outside of the EU. She is also associate editor of the Journal of International Economics. Swati was awarded the FIW Young Economist Award and the Chair Jacquemin Award by the European Trade Study Group for her work on firms and globalization. Swati's work has informed bodies such as the Parliamentary International Trade Committee, CBI, Treasury, Social Enterprise UK, Credit Suisse and Sunderland City Council, and has featured in the media, including outlets such as the BBC, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The Economist, The Times and Business Standard.

Dorothee Rouzet is a senior economist at the OECD. She leads on the Chief Economist Office's work for OECD flagship publications on the Global Economic Outlook and Interim Economic Outlook, including shaping key messages on global economic developments and policy recommendations.

Professor Peter Schott is the Juan Trippe Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Special-Sworn-Status researcher at the U.S. Census Bureau. His research focuses on how countries, firms and workers react to globalization. His research has appeared in various academic and other outlets, including The New Yorker, The Economist , The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. Before joining Yale’s faculty, he worked as a commercial banker for Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in New York and Los Angeles.

Professor John Van Reenen is the Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics and is jointly appointed as Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Economics. From October 2003 to July 2016 John Van Reenen was Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. In 2016 he was the appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Economics and Public Policy Making, and in 2009 was awarded the Yrjo Jahnsson Award, the European equivalent to the US Bates Clark Medal. Van Reenen has published widely on the economics of innovation, labor markets and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street, and for many international organizations.