The meaning of work in the past, the economist’s view, and the historical evidence
Lord Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick UniversityOrganised with the IWM
Auditorium Ivan Pictet B
Maison de la paix, Geneva
In his 1930 essay, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes wrote of the onset of “technological unemployment… unemployment due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.” Taking Keynes as a starting point, this lecture will consider the contemporary context of automation as well as machinery’s historical impact on employment.
Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University. His three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983,1992, 2000) won five prizes and his book on the financial crisis – Keynes: The Return of the Master – was published in September 2010. He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1991 (he sits on the cross-benches) and elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994. How Much is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life, co-written with his son Edward, was published in July 2012. He is also the author of Britain in the 20th Century: A Success? (Vintage, 2014) and editor of The Essential Keynes (Penguin Classics, 2015). His most recent publications are as co-editor of Who Runs the Economy? (Palgrave, 2016) and Austerity Vs Stimulus (Palgrave, 2017).
Organised as part of the Institute's cooperation programme with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI).
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