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What does the future of work in America look like?




A general view shows the body welding workshop which uses automated welding machine robots that assemble automobile bodies
A general view shows the body welding workshop which uses automated welding machine robots that assemble automobile bodies
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The national unemployment rate stands at a rosy 5.3 percent, almost half of where it was at the height of the Great Recession in 2009.

Hiding behind that number, though, is a troubling trend: frustrated by the endless search, many in the ranks of the country’s unemployed have simply stopped looking for work.

Many factors contribute to the disappearance of jobs, and a recent Atlantic magazine piece has zeroed in on how technological advances have and will continue to impact our economy and the job market.  

How would the idea of work change in the future? What kind of jobs might be displaced? What are the health and psychological implications?

Guests:

Henry Siu, associate professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a US-based economic think tank

David Blustein, professor at the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department at Boston College. His research focuses on the psychology of working and the intersection between work and mental health

Benjamin Hunnicutt, professor at the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on the topic of work and leisure