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The future of work: Regional perspectives

Recent technological innovation in fields such as robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence have reduced the number of workers required in a range of sectors, while lowering costs and increasing reliability. This trend has led policymakers, academics, CEOs, and entrepreneurs to ask what types of jobs will be most affected, what new skillsets will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow, and how governments can ease the transition. This publication is a joint effort of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It considers how technology is likely to change labor markets in Africa, developing Asia, emerging Europe, central Asia, southern and eastern Mediterranean, and the Latin American and the Caribbean regions in the coming years. The study identifies concrete policy actions countries in these regions could take to face up to the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by emergent technology., The contents are as follows: Foreword; The future of work in emerging and developing economies / [Nikola Milushev and Carmen Pages; The future of work in Africa / [Kapil Kapoor, Hassanatu Mansaray, Laura Sennett, Oscar Pitti Rivera, Antonio Ocana Marin, and the African Centre for Economic Transformation; The future of work in developing Asia / [Bandini Chhichhia, Sergei Guriev, Alexia Latortue, Nikola Milushev, Alexander Plekhanov, and Valerijs Rezvijs; The future of work in emerging Europe, central Asia, and southern and eastern Mediterranean / [Elisabetta Gentile, Rana Hasan, and Sameer Khatiwada; The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean / [Dulce Baptista, Mariano Bosch, Manuel Garcia Huitron, Daniel Jaar Michea, Carlos Ospino, Carmen Pages, Laura Ripani, and Graciana Rucci.