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We must tackle long-term job insecurity, not just the excesses of the ‘gig economy’

Over the last decade the economic prospects facing European workers have changed. For most, it’s been a change for the worse: less job security, less wage growth, more low-paid work, erosion of pensions and healthcare, and increased fears about future employment prospects, particularly for young people. The ‘gig economy’ – in which people hold several… Read article ›

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Rise of the machines isn’t the end for manual labour

The rapid pace of digitalisation will have a dramatic impact on the world of work. A popular view is that the advance of digitalisation, automation and “Industry 4.0” doesn’t augur well for low-skilled workers in European industry, with some reports forecasting a massive contraction in the job market for low-skilled workers. According to an extremely popular 2013 study by Carl Frey… Read article ›

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Time to bring competition policy back to basics

EU policymakers often talk about encouraging entrepreneurship, so isn’t it time competition law reflected this? The European Commission ought to update its competition policy to better protect start-ups against their more established rivals. For competition to work, companies must act independently of each other and be subject to the competitive pressures exerted by others on the… Read article ›

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Uber debate highlights need to tackle collaborative economy challenges

Tackling challenges related to the collaborative economy appears to be a priority for the European Commission as it seeks to strengthen the EU’s Internal Market. A section on “enabling the balanced development of the collaborative economy” features prominently in the Commission’s Internal Market Strategy published October 28. In it, the Commission quotes a recent study… Read article ›

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