Gated Boomtowns

Policy Ideas for the Age of Automation, Part Two

In this series, I have been considering what we can do to smooth the adjustment to a technological revolution in automation—but from the perspective of a skeptical free-marketer who doesn’t buy into ill-conceived utopian schemes like the basic income.

In part one, I considered what policies might make education better and less expensive, making it easier for people to acquire the new skills required in a new economy. The New York Times just offered an update on one really important piece of that puzzle: a movement to shift to “skills-based” hiring for “new-collar jobs,” rather than requiring an expensive four-year college degree for every tech job.

In this installment, I consider the ways government is preventing people from adjusting to the new economy by walling off digital boomtowns.

Read the rest at RealClearFuture.


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