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Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

By Bloomberg

January 7, 2019

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The growth of automation so far has had a negligible impact on jobs at a global level, according to Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, the World Bank's chief economist.

Although developed economies have shed industrial jobs over the last 20 years, growth in such jobs in East Asia has more than compensated for the loss.

The World Development Report 2019 is the latest in a series of efforts by academics, consultancies, and governments to measure the impact of new technology on employment, with previous studies often forecasting that automation will destroy more jobs than it creates.

However, the World Bank's recent report stresses the nature of work in the future will change; technological advances in automation will eliminate many low-skill jobs in advanced economies and development countries, while creating opportunities for different, more productive, and more creative jobs.

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