Almost 5 years ago, I found myself starting a job that focused around training, and skills validation, and my area of focus was in the future of work, as well as the seismic change that “Digital Transformation” was having on the workplace ecosystem.
A major part of my early research on this was reading a lot of papers, white papers, articles, and just general digging into the topics related. A few months into the research I found some consistent sources of information. Some names that came up over and over.
Because of this research, I have an affinity to these names when I am reading. And one name that comes up over and over and over again is David Autor, economics at MIT. I have literally rafts of papers I bought access to in my early research and many by this very same economist.
In today’s NY Times, there is an editorial on the likely economic and employment recovery from the ravages of Covid, and you guessed it, David Autor is quoted:
Some of those low-wage workers are particularly vulnerable to replacement by automation, and recessions tend to provide employers with both the opportunity and the incentive to experiment with new ways of doing business. The M.I.T. economists David Autor and Elisabeth Reynolds argued in an analysis last year that the crisis could reduce the need for some kinds of low-wage workers, like those who serve business travelers.NY Times, Sunday, February 28, 2021
Just cool to recognize a name, and remember the prior research that lead to these posts: