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German-Chinese Bureau of Economic Research (GCB) | Asian Development Outlook 2018

Publisher: Asian Development Bank

Publication Date: 04/2018

Pages: 368

Categories: Macroeconomics

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“This year’s publication draws attention to opportunities and concerns presented by new technologies in the workplace. The application of new technologies will boost productivity, but at the same time it will displace certain types of jobs. Evidence shows, however, that rising demand and higher output will create jobs, outweighing job displacement, especially with the addition of new occupations and industries that will arise to meet the new needs of producers and consumers. This transition will require a skilledworkforce and could put the less-skilled at a disadvantage. Thechallenge for governments is to ensure that workers are equipped with foundational skills to enable lifelong learning and have the specialized skills required for working with new technologies. Governments must act to enhance and adapt skills development, labor regulation, social protection, and income redistribution. Finally, they must ensure that new technologies develop in ways that benefit people and protect their rights.”

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