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Robot induced technological unemployment: towards a youth-focused coping strategy

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Abstract


  • As an agent of economic and social change, robotization has elicited

    considerable concern about technological unemployment. Focusing on youth, this

    paper makes four contributions to the debate over this labour-displacing technological

    change’s effects. First, to clarify the magnitude of the job threat to young people, the

    paper accentuates the conceptual distinction between technological unemployment

    and frictional unemployment. Second, the possibility of persistent technological

    unemployment, which the young are currently facing, is linked to strong uncertainty

    stemming from the rapidity of invention in robotics and artificial intelligence. Third,

    the paper advances a plausibility-based argument about the inevitability of technological

    unemployment. Fourth, coping behaviour is shown to be logically compatible

    with rationality and well-suited to dealing with fear of joblessness. Fifth, to the

    extent that robotization threatens future jobs, we maintain that coping strategies are

    needed to help members of the younger generation. A resilience-based strategy is

    suggested but we believe that there may be other coping strategies complementary to

    our proposal.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pol, E. & Reveley, J. (2017). Robot induced technological unemployment: towards a youth-focused coping strategy. Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management, 5 (2), 169-186.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2323&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1310

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 186

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • As an agent of economic and social change, robotization has elicited

    considerable concern about technological unemployment. Focusing on youth, this

    paper makes four contributions to the debate over this labour-displacing technological

    change’s effects. First, to clarify the magnitude of the job threat to young people, the

    paper accentuates the conceptual distinction between technological unemployment

    and frictional unemployment. Second, the possibility of persistent technological

    unemployment, which the young are currently facing, is linked to strong uncertainty

    stemming from the rapidity of invention in robotics and artificial intelligence. Third,

    the paper advances a plausibility-based argument about the inevitability of technological

    unemployment. Fourth, coping behaviour is shown to be logically compatible

    with rationality and well-suited to dealing with fear of joblessness. Fifth, to the

    extent that robotization threatens future jobs, we maintain that coping strategies are

    needed to help members of the younger generation. A resilience-based strategy is

    suggested but we believe that there may be other coping strategies complementary to

    our proposal.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pol, E. & Reveley, J. (2017). Robot induced technological unemployment: towards a youth-focused coping strategy. Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management, 5 (2), 169-186.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2323&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1310

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 186

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States