Understanding the bias in technological change and its impact on the labour market

Dr Christian Siegel

Dr Christian Siegel (School of Economics) and co-author Zsofia Barany (Sciences Po) have written a column for VoxEU, which subsequently led to the item being reproduced as a World Economic Forum ‘Agenda’ article.

‘Economists agree that structural transformation and job polarisation are both caused mainly by biased technological progress, but there is no consensus on the nature of these biases. The column uses US data to estimate the extent to which technological change is biased across sectors and across occupations. It finds that for improved labour market outcomes, policies targeting occupational choice for workers might be better than industrial policies to protect sectors of the economy…’

Read both articles in full here: