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Worker Skills and the Digital Transformation of the Labor Market


Prof. Dr. Ludger Woessmann

Preparatory meeting: 23 January, 2023
Block seminar: 15-17 May, 2023 at Abtei Frauenwörth, Frauenchiemsee


Registration for the seminar becomes binding with participation in the preparatory meeting.


The digital transformation of the economy is the source of increased future prosperity. But for many workers, it also implies major challenges such as job displacement. While new job opportunities tend to emerge in other sectors of the economy, these generally require very different bundles of skills. Without successful re-skilling, affected workers may lose out from the overall gains of the transformation process. This seminar will discuss recent research on the role of worker skills in the digital transformation of the labor market, with a particular focus on studies that rely on up-to-date microeconometric analysis. Examples of topics that will be covered include the race between technology and education, effects of robotization and AI on the labor market, returns to skills, and education and training policies to advance worker skills.

Prerequisite: content of lecture "Economics of Education"

Recommended: interest in econometrics

The seminar is expected to be supported by the Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung and the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung within the Universitas-Förderinitiative "Dialog Wissenschaft und Praxis".