Reforming social and tax
policies for digital societies
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The changing world of work
Technological advances are ushering an industrial renaissance that could empower workers and reduce inequalities, both within and between countries. However, the digital economy leads to disruptive processes in terms of efficiency (saving time, lowering costs and reducing errors), standardisation and new models of collaboration which are generating uncertainty about employment.
Learning to learn: the new goal in education
In order to avoid skills shortages, mass unemployment and continued growth of inequality, more individuals must be empowered to participate in this digital transformation. It is vital that education systems and national curricula meet the needs of a rapidly changing labour market, incorporating a philosophy of learning, enabled by digitalisation and connectivity.
Social policy innovation
Leaders must put people at the centre of this change by taking action to harness human potential. They must prevent technological change from being accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality. New formulas for social policy innovation and tax policies should be discussed broadly by societies giving answer to urgent questions.
Digitalisation and automation challenge the sustainability of today’s social policies and welfare and will impact employment as well as tax contributions. The nature of work will be transformed by collaboration of machines with humans which will change our lives, societies and economies.
01. Disruption in the labour market
To adapt supply and demand policy makers need to embrace adequate policies to prepare and guide societies through periods of transitions to guarantee future employability.
03. Social policy innovation needed
The changing world of work will require new approaches to social policies and welfare. Social inclusion and wellbeing of all should guide a human-centric digitalisation.
02. Focus on education
To avoid skills shortages people must be empowered through education. New technologies will allow lifelong learning experiences.
04. Responsible fiscal behaviour
Digital businesses and services should contribute fairly to local communities. Taxes should be paid where transactions take place to foster sustainable digital economies.
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