The Future of Work: Regional Perspectives

Publication | May 2018

This study considers how technology is likely to change labor markets in Africa; Developing Asia; Emerging Europe, Central Asia, and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean; and Latin American and the Caribbean in the coming years.

Recent technological innovation in fields such as robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence have reduced the number of workers required in a range of sectors, while lowering costs and increasing reliability. This trend has led policy makers, academics, chief executive officers, and entrepreneurs to ask what types of jobs will be most affected, what new skillsets will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow, and how governments can ease the transition.

This study identifies concrete policy actions countries in these regions could take to face up to the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by emergent technology. It is a copublication between African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank.


  • The Future of Work in Emerging and Developing Economies
  • The Future of Work in Africa
  • The Future of Work in Developing Asia
  • The Future of Work in Emerging Europe, Central Asia, and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean
  • The Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean

Additional Details

  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Social development and protection
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • 116
  • 8.75 x 10.50

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