On May Day 2015, which also marks the first anniversary of IZA World of Labor, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann takes the opportunity to describe key shifts in the world of labor and to discuss their impact on future employment. With robots and automation on the rise, labor market pressures are felt around the globe. Still, the “end of work” is not in sight, says Zimmermann. But work will take on different forms, and constant innovation is required to smartly balance the ups and downs of changing workforces and workplaces. Zimmermann remains optimistic: After all, societies have been able to cope with other earth-shaking changes in the past.
View his International Workers’ Day Address on video:
The full text of Zimmermann’s speech is available as IZA Policy Paper No. 100 and was published in international media.
Launched a year ago, the online platform IZA World of Labor already contains close to 150 articles providing decision-makers with relevant and succinct information based on sound empirical evidence. To celebrate our first anniversary, we have published the first page from over 100 articles to provide a convenient reference guide to the research available on key policy topics:
- Evidence-based Policy Making in Labor Economics (now in print)
Read the opinions of key figures from the IZA World of Labor community on the future of the global labor economics landscape.
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