The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid changes in labour markets across the world. Some workers have used digital technology to work from home. But for many workers, particularly the low-paid, this has been impossible. Meanwhile, job losses have been worst the least well off. Because of this, there are concerns that the pandemic has exacerbated inequality. What does COVID-19 mean for the future of work? Will it speed up employment polarisation? Or be a leveller, with low wage workers benefiting from greater use of technology? This event will interrogate the questions.
Aveek Bhattacharya (@aveek18) is Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) is the Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford, and Knottingley. She was Chair of the Fabian Commission of Work and Technology.
Kirsten Sehnbruch (@KirstenSehn) is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.
Neil Lee (@ndrlee) is Professor of Economic Geography at LSE and an associate of the International Inequalities Institute.
The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.
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