Title World Development Report 2019
Subtitle The Changing Nature of Work
Author World Bank Group
ISBN 9781464813283
List price USD 39.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 152
Book size 203 X 267 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. New ways of production are adopted, markets expand, and societies evolve. But some changes provoke more attention than others, in part due to the vast uncertainty involved in making predictions about the future. The 2019 World Development Report will study how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today.

Technological progress disrupts existing systems. A new social contract is needed to smooth the transition and guard against rising inequality. Significant investments in human capital throughout a person’s lifecycle are vital to this effort. If workers are to stay competitive against machines they need to train or retool existing skills. A social protection system that includes a minimum basic level of protection for workers and citizens can complement new forms of employment. Improved private sector policies to encourage startup activity and competition can help countries compete in the digital age. Governments also need to ensure that firms pay their fair share of taxes, in part to fund this new social contract. The 2019 World Development Report presents an analysis of these issues based upon the available evidence.



Overview • Changes in the nature of work • What can governments do? • Organization of this study

Chapter 1: The changing nature of work • Technology generates jobs • How work is changing • A simple model of changing work

Chapter 2: The changing nature of firms • Superstar firms • Competitive markets • Tax avoidance

Chapter 3: Building human capital • Why governments should get involved • Why measurement helps • The human capital project

Chapter 4: Lifelong learning • Learning in early childhood • Tertiary education • Adult learning outside the workplace

Chapter 5: Returns to work • Informality • Working women • Working in agriculture

Chapter 6: Strengthening social protection • Social assistance • Social insurance • Labor regulation

Chapter 7: Ideas for social inclusion • A global “New Deal” • Creating a new social contract • Financing social inclusion

Target Audience:

People interested in labour studies and employment.


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