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The future of work

Nov
27
05:45 PM - 09:30 PM

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We are delighted to present you the UBS Center’s joint event with the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. What better place to talk about the future of work than this aspiring region? And who better to talk about the future of work than one of the leading labor economists of the world, David Autor? In his keynote, Prof. Autor will talk about the effects of automation, digitalization, and international trade on the labor market and outline the future of work. These research findings will be deliberated in a panel discussion with former State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, UBS Group CEO Sergio Ermotti, and writer and columnist Ferdinando Giugliano.

We look forward to continuing the dialogue between academia, politics, and business on the south side of the Alps, to reach out to new minds, and grasp the potential of new ideas.

This is a public event. Entrance is free, but registration is required. The keynote and panel discussion will be in English, with simultaneous translation in Italian.

David Autor is Ford Professor at the MIT Department of Economics. He explores the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, earning levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes.

Autor has received numerous awards for his research, such as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics, and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

Before taking his first economics course at the relatively ripe age of 28, David Autor spent several years in the tech industry, working as a programmer and teaching computer skills to disadvantaged children. For a fascinating paper published in 2002, Autor and his co-authors spent two years exploring every aspect of the operation of a large bank. Both this research and his experience as a programmer showed him that the reasoning of many economists with respect to automation was flawed. This laid the foundation for his ground-breaking research in labor economics.

Bloomberg recognized David Autor as one of the 50 people who define global business in 2017. The Economist calls David Autor “the academic voice of the American worker”.

Il mondo del lavoro nei Paesi industrializzati si deve confrontare con gli effetti dell’automazione, della digitalizzazione e del commercio internazionale. Il maggiore accesso alla formazione accademica ha da un lato consentito e alimentato questo progresso ma, dall’altro, ha polarizzato il mercato del lavoro. In questo contesto, tuttavia, la domanda aggregata di manodopera aumenta. L’analisi di queste dinamiche e le prospettive sul futuro del lavoro saranno oggetto dell’intervento di David Autor, professore di economia presso il MIT, durante la conferenza organizzata dall’UBS Center for Economics in Society e dall’USI, il prossimo 27 novembre nel campus di Lugano. Alla sua relazione seguirà  un dibattito con Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, già Segretario di Stato per la formazione, la ricerca e l’innovazione SEFRI; Sergio Ermotti, CEO di UBS Group; e Ferdinando Giugliano, editorialista per La Repubblica e Bloomberg. Modera il Prof. Rico Maggi (Istituto di ricerche economiche dell’USI). Ingresso libero, su iscrizione obbligatoria al seguente indirizzo.

We are delighted to present you the UBS Center’s joint event with the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. What better place to talk about the future of work than this aspiring region? And who better to talk about the future of work than one of the leading labor economists of the world, David Autor? In his keynote, Prof. Autor will talk about the effects of automation, digitalization, and international trade on the labor market and outline the future of work. These research findings will be deliberated in a panel discussion with former State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, UBS Group CEO Sergio Ermotti, and writer and columnist Ferdinando Giugliano.

We look forward to continuing the dialogue between academia, politics, and business on the south side of the Alps, to reach out to new minds, and grasp the potential of new ideas.

David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, former State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, former State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG
Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG
Ferdinando Giugliano, economist commentator at La Repubblica and Bloomberg
Ferdinando Giugliano, economist commentator at La Repubblica and Bloomberg

Program

The past and future of workplace automation

Speakers

Ford Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. David Autor

David Autor is Ford Professor at the MIT Department of Economics. He explores the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, earning levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes. Autor has received numerous awards for his research, such as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics, and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Bloomberg recognized David Autor as one of the 50 people who define global business in 2017. The Economist calls David Autor “the academic voice of the American worker”.

former State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio

Mauro Dell'Ambrogio was from 2013 to 2018 State Secretary for Education Research and Innovation in the new Department of Economics, Education and Research WBF (formerly EVD). Prior to that, he took service in public functions in the canton of Ticino, such as Project Manager for the establishment of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and General Secretary of the USI.

Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS Group AG
Sergio P. Ermotti

Sergio P. Ermotti has been Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG since November 2014, having held the same position at UBS AG since November 2011 and on an interim basis between September and November 2011. Mr. Ermotti became a member of the GEB in April 2011 and was Chairman and CEO of UBS Group Europe, Middle East and Africa from April to November 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he was Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer at UniCredit, Milan, and was responsible for the strategic business areas of Corporate and Investment Banking, and Private Banking. He joined UniCredit in 2005 as Head of Markets & Investment Banking Division. His career began at Merrill Lynch in 1987, where he held various positions within equity derivatives and capital markets until 2003. In his last two years there, he served as co-Head of Global Equity Markets and as a member of the Executive Management Committee for Global Markets & Investment Banking. Mr. Ermotti is a Swiss-certified banking expert and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University.

Economist commentator at La Repubblica and Bloomberg
Ferdinando Giugliano

Ferdinando Giugliano is a member of the editorial board of Bloomberg View, writing columns and editorials on European economics. He is also a columnist for La Repubblica, one of Italy’s leading dailies. Between 2011 and 2015, Giugliano worked for the Financial Times in London writing leaders and analyses about the global economy. Ferdinando holds a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford and has worked as a consultant for the CEPR, the Bank of Italy, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Professor at Università della Svizzera italiana
Prof. Rico Maggi

Rico Maggi is full professor at Università della Svizzera italiana and was Dean of the Faculty of Economics from 2009 until 2013. He teaches microeconomics and the economics of tourism at the University of Lugano. Prof. Maggi is Director of the Istituto di Ricerche Economiche (IRE), where his research interests focuses on transport, tourism, and urban and regional development. He is president of the Swiss Association for Transport Research and was member of the board of the Swiss National Science Foundation and of the Marcel Benoist Foundation. Prof. Rico Maggi is author of many articles published in international academic journals. He serves regularly as referee for international academic journals. His last books are “Verkehrt – Plädoyer für eine nachhaltige Verkehrspolitik“ (2010), “Zurigo Lugano Milano“ (2016) and „Il Ticino: un’economia locale e globale“ (2018).

Ford Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. David Autor

David Autor is Ford Professor at the MIT Department of Economics. He explores the labor market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, earning levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes. Autor has received numerous awards for his research, such as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions in the field of labor economics, and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Bloomberg recognized David Autor as one of the 50 people who define global business in 2017. The Economist calls David Autor “the academic voice of the American worker”.

former State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio

Mauro Dell'Ambrogio was from 2013 to 2018 State Secretary for Education Research and Innovation in the new Department of Economics, Education and Research WBF (formerly EVD). Prior to that, he took service in public functions in the canton of Ticino, such as Project Manager for the establishment of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and General Secretary of the USI.

Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS Group AG
Sergio P. Ermotti

Sergio P. Ermotti has been Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group AG since November 2014, having held the same position at UBS AG since November 2011 and on an interim basis between September and November 2011. Mr. Ermotti became a member of the GEB in April 2011 and was Chairman and CEO of UBS Group Europe, Middle East and Africa from April to November 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he was Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer at UniCredit, Milan, and was responsible for the strategic business areas of Corporate and Investment Banking, and Private Banking. He joined UniCredit in 2005 as Head of Markets & Investment Banking Division. His career began at Merrill Lynch in 1987, where he held various positions within equity derivatives and capital markets until 2003. In his last two years there, he served as co-Head of Global Equity Markets and as a member of the Executive Management Committee for Global Markets & Investment Banking. Mr. Ermotti is a Swiss-certified banking expert and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University.

Economist commentator at La Repubblica and Bloomberg
Ferdinando Giugliano

Ferdinando Giugliano is a member of the editorial board of Bloomberg View, writing columns and editorials on European economics. He is also a columnist for La Repubblica, one of Italy’s leading dailies. Between 2011 and 2015, Giugliano worked for the Financial Times in London writing leaders and analyses about the global economy. Ferdinando holds a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford and has worked as a consultant for the CEPR, the Bank of Italy, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Venue

Università della Svizzera italiana

Aula magna, Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano
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