6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

“No Collar Economy:” A Conversation on the Future of Work in Argentina

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Argentina’s agricultural communities have depended on traditional labor for centuries, but technological advances such as automation, and the growing accessibility of data, have changed that way of life. As a result, Argentines from the countryside feel increasingly powerless, particularly as potential trade agreements promise increased competition. As a result, many of the country’s rural working class have traded villages for urban centers, where they often live in marginalized neighborhoods.

At the same time, big technology companies have created new economic opportunities in Argentina’s cities, such as skyrocketing demand for Uber drivers. These interconnected and fast-moving phenomena have raised critical questions about the “future of work” in Argentina, a subject that Argentina has elevated as part of its presidency of the G-20.

In a new documentary, “No Collar Economy,” the Bertelsmann Foundation looks at the labor market impacts of technological change in Argentina.

Please join us on Monday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. as the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, the Latin American Program's Argentina Project, and the Bertelsmann Foundation host the premiere of this short film. A discussion and brief reception will follow the screening.

Speakers

Keynote

  • Samuel George

    Documentary Filmmaker for the Bertelsmann Foundation

Moderator

  • Benjamin Gedan

    Senior Adviser, Latin American Program // Director, Argentina Project
    Former South America director on the National Security Council at the White House, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers

  • Laura Ripani

    Lead Specialist in the Labor Markets and Social Security Division of the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Sergio Urzua

    Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland