More short-term or freelance work. Less steady employment with fixed payments. The labour market is undergoing massive changes, creating uncertainty for millions of people. Why is this happening? And is it possible to reverse this trend?
In this episode, we examine possible solutions to the global increase in job insecurity, looking at Nordic experiments with a government-paid basic income. We also seek predictions on what the future of work will look like.
This podcast comes from a Nordic Talks online event, live-streamed from the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki as part of the annual Responsible Organising Stakeholder Conference.
"It is increasingly difficult for workers to act as a group when trying to negotiate salary or working hours."
Maija Mattila, researcher at the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, a Helsinki-based think tank
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Maija Mattila (Finland)
Maija Mattila is a researcher at the Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, a social democratic think tank in Helsinki. Her research focuses on workers' rights in the platform economy, inequalities in society, and the democratic theory of political representation. She has published three reports on workers' rights in the platform economy and is the editor of the report "The State of Inequality in Finland 2020".
Signe Jauhiainen (Finland)
Signe Jauhiainen is a senior researcher at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), the Finnish government's social security agency. Her research interests are in policy-relevant empirical research on social policy, the labor market, public finance, and immigration. Signe was a member of the evaluation team for Finland's universal basic income experiment and is one of the authors of the report documenting its results. She has a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Jyväskylä.
Aaron Benanav (USA)
Aaron Benanav is an economic historian and social theorist, working as a researcher at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is the author of the book "Automation and the Future of Work", which looks at the structural economic trends that will shape our working lives. His current research focuses on unemployment and underemployment in the global economy.