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The steps to economic development for poor countries may be tripped up by automation. Even countries that offer cheap labor for basic industries may find that they cannot compete against technology taking away potential jobs.
There is an indisputable gender pay gap in the United States, but the source of this pay gap and what could or should be done about it remain open questions. Personal decisions may explain some of the observed pay differences, but companies that have examined their compensation have found inequities that can’t be explained this way. Some companies have been working to address this issue for decades, while other companies are resisting calls to simply provide data.
As politicians and countries maneuver to keep steel mills and other factories at home, the companies are maneuvering to maintain their competitiveness through automation. Voestalpine AG’s fully automated steel wire plant has only 14 jobs, but they are “really attractive.”
Facing a growing shortage of laborers, growers and dairies lobby for a path to legalization for the undocumented workers who power their businesses. The American Farm Bureau Federation has warned that an enforcement-only approach to immigration could slash industry output by as much as $60 billion annually.
As Myanmar's government is transitioning, it clearly sees the opportunity for tourism development, and it has strongly encouraged it by creating some of the necessary infrastructural components. Unfortunately, the tourism sector has yet to kick in, and this is causing some consternation.
The enforcement-only approach to immigration is leading to sharp labor shortages in agriculture and construction. The Trump administration is considering a merit-based immigration system similar to Canada's and Australia's.
India is about to become the next major world economy to adopt a simplified goods and services tax (GST), the equivalent of a sales tax. This promises to usher in business simplification, efficiency, and economic growth. The success (or failure) of this tax may eventually point the way to a whole new way of taxation for the U.S. economy.
Media companies are getting sick of Facebook. News outlets are complaining about Facebook's terms for TV-quality videos meant to compete with YouTube.
The No. 2 U.S. discounter, Target, faces a revitalized Whole Foods, backed by a deep-pocketed parent-to-be. Retailers are adding groceries to their mix because they keep customers coming back. But Target gets only 20 percent of sales from food, while Wal-Mart gets 56 percent.
An economic model that has sustained part of the world for years may now suffer the same fate as other global industries: automation.
As the saying goes, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." In Christl Mahfouz's case, luck translated into selling Trump hats.
A mass exodus of workers from traditional employers, who seek to reinvent themselves, has made startups and self-determination all the rage, right? Not so fast. Statistics say the labor force is more stable now than in the past. But workers have good reasons to be concerned about their prospects.
Long considered one of the pinnacles of financial careers, “superstar” traders and money managers are facing a major shift as quantitative strategies and index funds are replacing a lot of human investment judgment.
For the past several decades, labor-intensive manufacturing of textiles and clothing has shifted from higher wage countries to lower wage countries, and in the process helped bring jobs and economic growth to increasingly poorer countries. With advances in technology and automation, however, that regular shift to the next country with lower pay levels may be coming to an end.
Uber's co-founder is out. Investors appear to have a lot of power.