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2016 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Urban Affairs Have We Reached “The End of Work”?

Thursday June 2016


Edward Glaeser Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

At many U.S. hospitals, IBM’s Watson, an artificial-intelligence (AI) computer system, determines the best course of treatment for individual cancer patients. The Associated Press now uses AI software to write thousands of articles on corporate earnings. Uber recently tested its first driverless car. And U.S. manufacturing jobs—despite a recent rebound—are down by nearly 6 million, or one-third, since 2000.

Are advanced economies really approaching the “end of work”? Are technological progress and globalization to blame for the rich world’s employment and growth crisis? In the Manhattan Institute’s 2016 James Q. Wilson Lecture, renowned Harvard economist Edward Glaeser will argue that, contrary to received wisdom, the “end of work” is not the inevitable outcome of progress and market forces. The real culprit: stifling government regulation that, among others, makes work less flexible and discourages small-scale entrepreneurship.

Edward Glaeser, a contributing editor of City Journal, is the author of the 2012 best-seller Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.