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The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation Hardcover – June 18, 2019

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"[E]rudite and thoughtful, and the questions [The Technology Trap] raises are important and pertinent."---Joel Mokyr, Journal of Economic History

"One of Época Negócios's Best Books of 2019"

"A Project Syndicate Best Read in 2019"

"A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year"

"One of Five Books' Best Economics Books of 2019"

"There is little reason to doubt the contemporary relevance of Frey’s analysis into the consequences of automation on the labour market, and the broader socio‐political implications of those technological changes which are highly anticipated to reshape our working lives and economic existence as we know it. The voluminous public commentary about technology, and public protests against the ramifications of technology change (such as taxi drivers decrying peer‐to‐peer ride‐sharing services which rely on smartphone apps), serve as sufficient warrant to pay attention to Frey’s contribution."---Mikayla Novak, Economic Record

"Excellently written, full of examples and studies I hadn't previously encountered, and I learned a lot."---Tim Harford,

"One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2019: Technology"

"Frey provides a longue durée examination of the economic, social, and political interplay that drives technological change. Careful, erudite, elegantly written, and full of insight, the book sets the current overwrought debate about automation and AI on a firm contextualized footing."---Jayati Ghosh, Project Syndicate

"The Technology Trap is the perfect book for higher ed people to read . . . . deeply researched and [convincingly] argued."---Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Education

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"The Technology Trap is a subtle, wide-reaching exploration of the relationship between technology and labor over centuries of history. Frey shows how the impacts of automation upon the British and American workforce have been shaped by changing power structures. In its attention to the detailed determinants of change, his book is a hugely welcome antidote to today’s surfeit of sweeping predictions about the future of work."―Robert Skidelsky, University of Warwick

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Introductory History of Automation and Technology in the Working Environment
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