Earlier this year we interviewed both Robert Gordon (here) and Martin Ford (here) about their books examining the impact of technology on the modern economy. In the latest of our author interviews I talked to the Economist’s senior editor and economics columnist Ryan Avent about his new book, “The Wealth of Humans”, that develops this same theme. In particular he looks at how we will be able to cope with an absence of work for large portions of society. With less work, and stagnant incomes, do we need a massive, and ongoing, redistribution of wealth to avoid unrest?
As always, we are giving you a chance to win a copy of Ryan’s excellent book. We have five copies available. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday UK time on Tuesday 11th October. Terms and conditions can be found here. Here’s the question. Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations (Ryan Avent’s title is a nod to it) says that we shouldn’t expect our dinner to arrive from the benevolence of which three professions?
The results are in
The answer to the competition question was ‘Butcher, Brewer, Baker’. The winners are:
Sujay Shah – BMO Global Asset Management
Moyeen Islam – Barclays Capital
John McLaughlin – Brewin Dolphin
George Harper – Brewin Dolphin
Lynn Dobson – Edinburgh University
Congratulations to you all. A copy of The Wealth of Humans by Ryan Avent is on its way out to you.