Challenges of Welfare State in Digital Era

AIms of the course

Increasing digitalization affects production regimes of contemporary industrial societies and individuals (as citizens, consumers, capital owners and entrepreneurs, employees and employers). Changed production regimes make difficulties for individuals and society as a whole and create need for compensation by welfare state. From public policy perspective this situation unfortunately is often linking with disruption of jobs. Nevertheless, it is recognised window for opportunity to redesigned established institutional solutions in terms of skill formation, fiscal policy and social protection. Aims of the course are introducing positive and negative implications of digital era on realm of work and offering suggestions for solving generated labour market problems in terms of creating public policy recommendations.

AIms of the course

Increasing digitalization affects production regimes of contemporary industrial societies and individuals (as citizens, consumers, capital owners and entrepreneurs, employees and employers). Changed production regimes make difficulties for individuals and society as a whole and create need for compensation by welfare state. From public policy perspective this situation unfortunately is often linking with disruption of jobs. Nevertheless, it is recognised window for opportunity to redesigned established institutional solutions in terms of skill formation, fiscal policy and social protection. Aims of the course are introducing positive and negative implications of digital era on realm of work and offering suggestions for solving generated labour market problems in terms of creating public policy recommendations.

COURSE TOPICS

  • From First Industrial Revolution to Industry 4.0
  • Digital economy and its specific features:
  • Levels of digitializations (DESI) across Europe
  • Changes in form of employment
  • Impact of technological innovations on individuals and sectoral levels across European welfare states
  • Digital divide on individuals and erosion foundations of welfare state
  • Main drivers of labor market participation
  • Consequences of eroding of welfare state: concentration, income inequality, fiscal policy and control
  • Challenges and options for weak welfare states in Western Balkan countries in digital era
  • Institutions and public policies to adapt to digital economy

Gained skills

  • Power to understand the consequences of digital era among youth and elderly people with employment or unemployment status;
  • Ability to forecast and create career paths with regard to increased digitalization;
  • Capacity to understand insecurity on labor market and to evaluate public policy recommendations.