The impact of new technologies on the labour market and the social economy

This STOA study investigates the potential employment effects of new information and communication technologies, by examining the relationship between innovation, new technologies, employment and inequality. It review the existing literature and experiences of previous technological revolutions, and argues that the race between job creation through new products, and job destruction from process innovation, has been won in the past by the job-creating effects of innovation. It concludes that there is an uneven distribution in the costs of digitalisation, because of the skills-biased nature of technological change - so the challenge of the future lies in coping with rising inequality from technological change. the study also proposes a set of policy options for dealing with the employment effects of digitalisation

Dachs, B. (2018) ‘The impact of new technologies on the labour market and the social economy’. STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment), European Parliament, Brussels.


  • no specific sector focus
  • EU28
  • 2018
  • Research publication
  • challenges
  • English
  • STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment), European Parliament (Government)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
Disclaimer  —  Eurofound aims to keep the information in this database up to date and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, Eurofound bears no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the accuracy or content of this database or of external links over which Eurofound services have no control and for which Eurofound assumes no responsibility.