Institut des Hautes Etudes de l'Amérique latine
Centre de recherche et de documentation sur les Amériques

The Future of Work. Labor market policies revisited

Céline Ferré

Over the past few months, labor market prospects have worsened rapidly due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreakon labor supply and labor demand. The pandemichas slowed the demand for goods and services, reduced the supply of inputs, tightened liquidity, and heightened uncertainty. Many people have become vulnerable to reduced incomes, furloughs, or layoffs. Many millions of jobs could be lost permanently.At the same time, we have witnessed an unprecedented and rapid shift in the way that those who have kept their jobs work, with home-based work suddenly becoming the new normal.But let’s take a step back. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many types of disruption linked to technological change and shifting patterns of demand had already been challenging labor markets in many countries, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While the impending geopolitical, socio-demographic, and technologicalchanges hold great promise, the patterns of consumption, production and employment created by it also pose major challenges requiring proactive adaptation by corporations, governments and individuals.This course is a first step in understanding the current labor market problematics: identifying the issues at stake, reviewing labor market policies that have been/are being implemented, rethinking social protection, and preparing the next-generation workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Each module/session will be built around a presentation by the lecturer, followed by a short debate with the whole class.External speakers may be brought in to discuss their own field of research related to the module topic (TBC). The course will have a strong focus on data sources and how to build evidence on labor market issues.

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