FutureworkNZ

Which technologies drive concern over the future of work?

Guest Author Jun 24, 2019

Dave Heatley Biotech. Nanotech. Cleantech. Gene tech. Cloud computing tech. Successive waves of technological change are the norm for those of us in the developed world. These waves typically rise, peak and ebb while barely raising a concern about wider labour market effects. Further, it seems strange to be worrying about unemployment – technologically induced or otherwise – … Read More

The future of volunteer work

Guest Author Jun 21, 2019

Dave Heatley I only know one economist joke. A plane carrying economists plummets towards the ground after its engines fail. In a quiet cabin, an economist pipes up: “in my model the demand for parachutes just peaked, and the market will increase supply”. This caricature of economists — withdrawn, unemotional and overly trusting in simplistic models — has … Read More

Land use and the future of work

Guest Author Jun 20, 2019

Phil McDermott   Flexible land-use planning complements a complex, dynamic and unpredictable employment environment. The future of work is drawing increasing policy attention internationally and locally. When considering the physical demands of changing forms of production, distribution and consumption, there are strong arguments for seeking a more flexible approach to the associated land use and infrastructure requirements of working and residential … Read More

Career is a verb, not a noun

Guest Author Jun 19, 2019

Dave Heatley career (v) move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way. My good friend Mariska tells me that’s a better description of her work life than the more traditional definition… career (n) an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. In the interests of science, and despite the small sample … Read More

Pick a path

Guest Author Jun 13, 2019

Dave Heatley Technology is an irresistible force, emerging from inventors and relentlessly changing the nature of work and society. Or at least that’s the way it is often portrayed. You can see this in the titles of books about technology, including Average is Over and Race Against the Machine. But do … Read More

The mothers of invention

Guest Author Jun 10, 2019

Dave Heatley Necessity is the mother of invention if camping without tent pegs, according to Kinley Salmon in his very readable book Jobs, robots & us. But the development and diffusion of innovation is a more complex story. Economists came rather late to the thinking about what influences technological innovation. The … Read More

Are ‘dumped’ workers pressured into ‘rebound’ jobs in NZ?

Guest Author May 30, 2019

Tim Maddock    Are fast rates of re-employment always a good thing? New Zealand’s incidence of long-term unemployment is very low compared to other OECD countries. And, according to data from 2003-10, New Zealanders who lose their jobs involuntarily regain employment quickly, by international standards. But is the story actually all that rosy? Could people be choosing to take … Read More