Prof. Dr. Michael C. Burda, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Michael C. Burda, Ph.D.
Prof. Dr. Michael C. Burda, Ph.D.


January 19, 15.30: The Future of Work


The Future of Work: An Economist’s Perspective

The breathtaking pace of technological change at the workplace and in the world of labor is undeniable and is unlikely to relent in the coming decades. Despite the negative image that these changes has received in the media, historical and international evidence suggests that they need not worsen the lot of the average worker. The experience of the last three decades makes it clear, however, that an uncontrolled or unregulated pace of change may sharply accelerate inequality of pay, working conditions, control over the workplace, and overall satisfaction. These changes can lead to much deeper societal disruptions with farther-reaching consequences. A framework for managing these tectonic changes is needed before they become faits accomplis.

About Prof. Dr. Michael C. Burda, Ph.D., Chairholder of the Institute for Economic Theory II, School of Business and Economics, HU Berlin:

Michael Christopher Burda is professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he is responsible for teaching macroeconomics, labor economics and the economics of European integration. He has published widely in these areas. In 2017 Michael Burda and Charles Wyplosz produced the 7th edition of their textbook “Macroeconomics: A European Text”, Oxford University Press, which has been translated into twelve other languages.
Since 1993, Michael Burda has served as director of the Institute for Economic Theory II and has also taught at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berkeley and INSEAD. In 1998, Burda received the Gossen Prize of the German Verein für Socialpolitik. He is research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and a Fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA). From 2011 – 2014, he served as President (Vorsitzender) of the Verein für Socialpolitik.
Burda received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987. In June 2014, the Faculty of Economics of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg awarded him an honorary doctorate (Dr. rer. Pol. h.c.) in recognition of his research on the German reunification.
He serves in the scientific councils of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg, the Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH), and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). He is program director of the research area “Labor in the Macroeconomy” at the Institut der Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn.