The future of work in Australia and the United States



22 May 2018


Refectory Room, Level 5, Abercrombie Building

Some studies claim that nearly half of today's jobs will become automated in future, while others have found that far fewer will be replaced and many new ones will be created. Some claim that artificial intelligence will shock the labour market in unprecedented ways, while US data suggest that disruption in the job market today is, if anything, slow by historical standards.

During his visit to Australia, Chief Economist of the world's largest job site Indeed, Jed Kolko, joined experts from both the United States Studies Centre and the University of Sydney Business School to discuss the future of work in Australia and the United States, looking specifically at issues such as automation, innovation, changes to labour force participation, and the political impact of the changing nature of work.


  • Dr Jed Kolko
    Dr Jed Kolko
    Chief Economist, Indeed

    Dr Jed Kolko is Chief Economist at Indeed, the world's largest online job site. He was previously Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate site, and served as Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Dr Kolko earned his A.B. in social studies and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

  • Professor Rae Cooper
    Professor Rae Cooper
    Associate Dean (Programs), University of Sydney Business School

    Professor Rae Cooper (PhD) is Associate Dean (Programs) at the University of Sydney Business School. Professor Cooper is Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and is a leading researcher on the world of work and has a particular interest in gender and work, women’s careers and flexible employment. She recently authored a study of young women and the future of work.

  • Claire McFarland
    Claire McFarland

    Claire McFarland was previously the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director at the United States Studies Centre.