Gender, Technology and the Future of Work

Friday, June 21, 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Ms. Era Dabla-Norris, Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

New technologies―digitalization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning―are changing the way work gets done at an unprecedented rate. Helping people adapt to a fast-changing world of work and ameliorating its deleterious impacts will be the defining challenge of our time. This presentation will focus on the gender implications of this changing nature of work. Using individual-level data on task composition at work for 30 advanced and emerging economies, the analysis will show that women, on average, perform more routine tasks than men―tasks that are more prone to automation. Ms. Dabla-Norris's analysis finds that women could be at higher risk than men of their jobs being displaced by technology within the next two decades, albeit with considerable heterogeneity across occupations, sectors, and countries. Less well-educated and older female workers (aged 40 and older), and those in clerical, service, and sales positions are disproportionately exposed to automation. At the same time, women could be slightly better placed to capture new job opportunities than men because of the sectors they tend to work in. Policies needed to ensure that technological change supports a closing, and not a widening, of gender gaps across countries will be discussed.

The event will take place at the Joint Vienna Institute, room 600C, 6th floor, Mariahilfer Straße 97, 1060 Vienna. We hope that you will be able to join us, and look forward to your participation.
To participate, please register by June 19, 2019, to .

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