World Development Report 2019

The World Development Report (WDR) The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today.

Fireworks go off over central Simferopol, Crimea. Preliminary estimates suggested 20 vehicles may have been involved in the incident on Texas State Highway near Austin. Awards — Law — Religious leaders. Vehicles in a multi-car pileup near Austin, Texas. Technology is changing how people work and the terms on which they work.

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Fireworks explode above the ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Fireworks explode over Martyrs Square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

A woman waits to celebrate during the countdown in front of Beijing's National Stadium. Fireworks go off over central Simferopol, Crimea. People take part in New Year's celebrations in Cairo. A boy releases a balloon carrying his personal wishes as people gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey. Fireworks illuminate the sky in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

A man watches the fireworks display in Karachi, Pakistan. A reveler at a party in Quezon City, Philippines. Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. People take selfies during the last sunset of the year in Myanmar. A Buddhist prays in front of lanterns during celebrations to mark at Jogyesa temple in Seoul, South Korea. Members of the Kosatka DV winter-swimming club see out the old year in an ice hole in Russia. Schoolchildren hold balloons during New Year's celebrations at their school in Ahmedabad, India.

Phoenix, Arizona, is under a freeze warning. Areas east of Tucson in southeast Arizona through New Mexico up into southern Colorado will see snow. Storms will be possible, along with heavy rain and flooding to end the week in east Texas and Louisiana. The storm system that rolled through the Rockies and upper Midwest and New England on Monday was heading out to sea January 1, with a chilly residue. The forecast was wet enough for the New York Police Department to cancel what was set to be the first New Year's Eve deployment of its new fleet of drones over Times Square.

Major metro areas of the east such as New York, Boston and Washington were having a soggy and potentially foggy start to their New Year. It will also be windy into the afternoon with gusts as high as 45 mph," Guy said. Temperatures are expected to drop back to normal by Wednesday, according to Guy. Vehicles in a multi-car pileup near Austin, Texas. Preliminary estimates suggested 20 vehicles may have been involved in the incident on Texas State Highway near Austin. Questions Addressed in the Report.

Main Messages Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. The nature of work is changing. Firms can grow rapidly thanks to digital transformation, which blurs their boundaries and challenges traditional production patterns.

Workers need to be good at complex problem-solving, teamwork and adaptability. Technology is changing how people work and the terms on which they work. What can governments do? The WDR suggests three solutions: Invest in human capital especially in disadvantaged groups and early childhood education to develop the new skills that are increasingly in demand in the labor market, such as high-order cognitive and sociobehavioral skills Enhance social protection to ensure universal coverage and protection that does not fully depend on having formal wage employment Increase revenue mobilization by upgrading taxation systems, where needed, to provide fiscal space to finance human capital development and social protection.

Legal Access to Information Jobs Contact. The nature of work is changing…but how? How are increased automation and digitization impacting business? Chapter 2 looks at some of the most pressing issues. Changes in the relative demand for skills necessitates greater investments in foundational human capital. Where can governments start? Technological progress might bring opportunity, but it can be disruptive in the process.

How can we best prepare people who are currently in work? Chapter 4 considers this question. People also learn valuable skills at work, but how does learning differ between different types of workers? Chapter 5 presents new analysis. In light of changing labor markets and persistent informality, is it time to rethink social protection systems?