Dr Daniel Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he teaches and researches. He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions.
Previously he worked in the British Government – as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.
Re-Thinking the Capabilities of Machines in Economics
Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
The literature exploring the effects of technological change on the labour market often relies on a very particular understanding of the capabilities of machines - known as the 'ALM hypothesis'. However, this hypothesis has often led this literature to underestimate these capabilities. Tasks that were believed to be out of reach of automation can now be automated. I set out two explanations for this underestimation - one that is explored in the recent literature and maintains the ALM hypothesis, and a new explanation that challenges it. I propose a new hypothesis that contains the ALM hypothesis as a special case. Revised: April 2018
International cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Oxford Review of Economic Policy
<jats:p>This paper explores the concept of ‘global public goods’ (GPGs) in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It argues that many of the tasks involved in public health, and in particular those involved in the control of an infectious disease like COVID-19, ought to be treated as GPGs that can only be effectively delivered through international cooperation. It sets out what a cooperative response to the COVID-19 pandemic should look like and introduces ideas for further discussion about how it might be financed.</jats:p>
A workable strategy for COVID-19 testing: stratified periodic testing rather than universal random testing