The effects of automation on middle and low-income workers
An article by the American think tank Brookings wondered in July of this year: 'How big will the impact of automation on the middle class be (1)’? Last week an article appeared on what we know so far on the subject (2). It is based on three scientific papers. One of them is about job polarisation, the phenomenon that there will be less middle class and more low and high-paid jobs. A second paper deals with the different influence of automation on men and women. Finally, the third paper deals with education and training for an automated world. Brookings also wrote a report on the impact of automation on low paid people (1). This report makes three recommendations to support this group in the changes that are taking place. In addition, a specific report on improving the career prospects of low-paid workers through education and training was published (2).