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The Wealth of Humans


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When the world of work defines us as individuals and societies, what happens when that world changes for ever?

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Ryan Avent is Economics Correspondent for The Economist and his work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. Previously, he worked as an economic consultant and as an industry analyst for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal fact finding agency for the US Government in the broad field of labour economics and statistics. This is his first book. He lives in London.


Avent is a fluent writer who takes complex ideas and works them, like Plasticine, into vivid models ... The Wealth of Humans stands favourable comparison with Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty -- Martin Vander Weyer * Telegraph *
Ryan Avent is a superb writer ... highly readable and lively -- Thomas Picketty
Compelling and troubling... In popular commentary on the future, there is an unhelpful view that one day each of us will turn up at work and find a robot sitting in our chairs. Avent's alternative account, of a slow but persistent decline in the importance of work and a fractious search for a new political settlement, is immeasurably more plausible -- Daniel Susskind * Sunday Times *
In the world of economics, Ryan Avent is simply one of the sharpest and most intelligent writers around. Nobody is better placed to tell us how technology is shaping our economy and our lives -- Tim Harford
An important argument on a subject that will shape the coming decades -- Duncan Weldon * Prospect *

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