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Automation Anxiety: Why and How to Save Work

Cynthia Estlund


This book confronts the hotly debated prospect of mounting job losses from automation, and the divergent hopes and fears that prospect evokes, and proposes a strategy for mitigating the losses and spreading the gains from shrinking demand for human labor. Leading economists have concluded that automation is already exacerbating inequality by destroying more decent middle-skill jobs than it is creating. As ongoing innovations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics continue to chip away at the comparative advantages of human labor in a range of work tasks, those innovations a ... More

Keywords: future of work, automation, employment law, job polarization, technology and work, universal basic income, job guarantee, work spreading, working time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197566107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197566107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Estlund, author
Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law, New York University School of Law