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Technological inequality – understanding the relation between recent technological innovations and social inequalities

Objective

Recent technological innovations may fundamentally change the size and nature of social inequalities. Success in labour markets and society will likely be driven by other skills than in the past, and traditional predictors of social mobility (e.g. class, credentials) are likely to be affected by these technological innovations. The empirical plausibility of potential implications is still ill-understood, and as a result it is unclear how governments can best respond to technological innovations. Most of the literature addresses the question of whether automation will create or destruct jobs. This project answers this question better, but also pushes beyond the research frontiers by focussing on the broader societal impact of technological developments. Our research will provide more precise forecasting of labour market consequences of technological innovations (WP1), explore new ways of measuring automation rates in European countries (WP1), explain how technological innovations are most likely to shape societal inequalities (WP2), study the role of various forms of education (WP3) and innovative forms of social welfare (WP4) in maximizing growth and reducing inequality, and assess the consequences of automation for public finances (WP5). We also assess whether and how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is different from earlier technological revolutions (WP6). TECHNEQUALITY will serve as a foundation for a better understanding of technologically driven social inequalities and a catalyst for new research. Innovative forecasting models on the impact of automation will enhance labour market macro-efficiency and equitable labour market outcomes. We will also set the agenda for policy debates on societal consequences of technological developments (WP7). Our findings will spawn concrete and actionable policy impacts for national governments, the EU, and the OECD.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/social inequality

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 697 782,50

Participants (7)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 320 210
Address
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 756 311,25
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 73 770
Address
Covent Garden
CB1 2HT Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUR SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 384 962,50
Address
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 203 100
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TALLINN UNIVERSITY
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 243 000
Address
Narva Road 25
10120 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments