Preparing U.S. Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future

12:00 pm October 3, 2018

HBS Cotting House Conference Room

Abstract: How will the introduction and diffusion of autonomous vehicles (AVs) affect U.S. workers? This highly fraught question promises soon to loom large in hometowns and policy realms across the nation. Given Americans’ current reliance on cars and trucks for most of our transportation, the transition to self-driving vehicles will change many lives and livelihoods, likely for the better for the vast majority. But it will be costly for some. This study advances the national conversation about how to cope with the effect of AVs on workers in three ways: by setting forth a framework for discussion, presenting quantitative simulations and qualitative scenarios to help assess key impacts, and providing policy recommendations for mitigating negative impacts while also setting an agenda for research on policy. We hope that our report will help motivate policymakers and stakeholders to take steps now to reduce the likely negative effects of AV on U.S. workers. Co-authored with John Paul MacDuffie and Charles Carson.

A buffet lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m. The talk will begin at 12:00 p.m.

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