Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180629
Authors: 
Eichhorst, Werner
Rinne, Ulf
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 134
Abstract: 
Digitalization is the buzzword under which profound changes of the labor market can be summarized. Next to automation, i.e., the increasing use of robots, "intelligent" machines and more comprehensive algorithms that is no longer restricted to routine tasks, especially the emerging platform economy may pose significant "digital challenges" for the welfare state. This article sheds light on the potentially eroding foundations of the welfare state, it discusses tools for combating a potential digital divide on the individual level, and it proposes a new institutional perspective on firms, workers, and the welfare state.
Subjects: 
digitalization
robots
automation
future of work
industry 4.0
technological change
platform economy
welfare state
JEL: 
J08
J24
O33
O38
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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