The Future of Work

A Conference in Partnership with the Niskanen Center
Summary

This two-day conference, in partnership with the Niskanen Center, aims to explore the role of markets, civil society, and government in shaping the future of work and technology.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science, Economics, and Public Policy, Duke University

Elizabeth Rhodes
Research Director for the Basic Income Project, Y Combinator Research

Betsey Stevenson
Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Michigan

Glen Weyl
Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist, Microsoft

Oct 11, 2019Oct 12, 2019
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
3434 Washington Boulevard
4th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

Registration is now closed.

View the conference program here.

Technological innovation is a driving factor of economic growth, that both disrupts current practices and creates new opportunities. For instance, it changes the structure, nature, and meaning of work in both positive ways (such as productivity gains, the development of remote work, etc.) and in more disruptive ways (such as how automation can lead to job loss, economy-wide shifts in industries and skills, etc.). As a society, we tend to both yearn for and caution against technological change and economists, policymakers, and the general public have an interest in how technology will impact our society.

This two-day conference, in partnership with the Niskanen Center, aims to explore the role of markets, civil society, and government in shaping the future of work and technology. It will include keynote speakers on the big themes on the future of work and paper presentations by students, scholars and analysts working on new research in this area. Students and scholars will present on the role of markets, civil society, and government in shaping the future of work and technology, covering topics included but not limited to:

  • The impact of technological change on the structure, nature, and meaning of work
  • Implications of a changing leisure-work balance on the culture and meaning of work
  • How technology (such as AI advancements) can improve the assessment and distribution of welfare services
  • Perspectives on and implications of futurism and forecasting

The conference is also open for students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers. There is no registration fee, but attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging. See suggested hotels and transportation options below. 

If you have any questions about the programming of the conference, email academics@mercatus.gmu.edu. If you have any questions about registering for the conference, email manderson@mercatus.gmu.edu.

Local Hotels
Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 717-6200

Hilton Arlington
950 N. Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 528-6000

Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Ballston
650 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 310-1999

Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Courthouse
1401 N. Adams St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 312-2100

Transportation to Mercatus Center

  •      Hourly Parking available in the Van Metre (Formerly Founders) Hall Garage
  •      Uber/Lyft
  •      Metro – Orange or Silver Line to Virginia Square.
  •      Red Top Cab of Arlington, Phone: (703) 522-3333