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The forward march of robots halted? Automation, employment and inequality

Despite the breathless rhetoric surrounding the rise of the robots, we are not on the cusp of a ‘post-human’ economy. Automation and digitalisation will change the economy in coming decades, but, as …

04/04/2018
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Long read Economy Commission on Economic Justice

Ownership and inequality in the robotic age

The growing capability of machines has raised the spectre of mass technologically induced unemployment and profound economic disruption. Yet despite the accelerating ability of robots and artificial …

19/01/2018
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Expert comment Economy Commission on Economic Justice

Owning the Future

Neoliberalism is many things: a failing but widespread economic common sense, an attempt to insulate the political from the economic, an approach to modernity that seeks discipline and control …

19/01/2018
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Long read Economy Commission on Economic Justice

Wealth Inequality: Dimensions, Drivers And Responses

We are a wealthy but deeply unequal nation. The richest 10% of households own nearly 900 times the wealth of the poorest 10%, and five times more than the least wealthy half of the population, who …

03/11/2017
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Expert comment Economy Commission on Economic Justice

Who 'owns' a company?

Who ‘owns’ a company? For public listed companies, the answer seems clear: shareholders.  As ‘owners’, companies should consequently be managed and run in their interest.  Yet this widely held …

10/03/2017
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Expert comment Economy Commission on Economic Justice

Do you need your boss?

Would you work better without a boss? It seems most of us would. A striking new YouGov poll suggests that by overwhelming margins, most people think that businesses would be better run through …

22/02/2017
Mathew Lawrence
Blog post Economy Expert comment