Technological Progress and Inequalities of Time allocation and Well-being

24 hours are distributed for work (paid/ unpaid) and leisure. How much time to allocate work and leisure would decide one’s  earning,  one’s  social  life,  and  one’s  health  condition.  Longer  working  hours  would  lead  more  earnings,  but  at  the same time, it will bring less time for sleep, less time for exercise, and less time for leisure. That would also have a negative effect on their children, because lack of time would prevent parents from providing good food or good education for their children.

Technological progress does have an effect on one’s time allocation. Telework provides greater flexibility at work and it can allow workers to use their time more productively. “The right to disconnect”, which is recently introduced in France, is also a good example of the treatment for technological progress in order to secure workers’ leisure time.

Japan is experiencing population aging that is unprecedented in the world, and it is necessary to adopt new forms of work with taking full advantage of technological progress. France is one of the leading countries where the policies towards work life balance was introduced in an early stage, and the reforms are highly regarded in terms of productivity and job satisfaction. We are sure we can learn from the experience of France.

This workshop is co-organized by FFJ and the Panel Data Research Centre of Keio University (PDRC) and funded  by  Grant-in-Aid  for  Specially  Promoted  Research  2017-2021,  as  the  part  of  the  research  project:  “Economic  disparity  and  intergenerational  transfer  in  the  longevity  society:  Policy  evaluation  analysis  using  panel data”.


10.00 - Welcome Address

  • Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS)

10.15 - AI/Robots and Time: Beyond Myths, a Research Agenda

  • Philippe Askenazy (CNRS-ENS)

10.55 - Use of New Information Technology such as AI and Worker Well-being: Evidence from Panel Data Analysis

  • Isamu Yamamoto (Keio University)

11.35 - The Great Convergence? Gender and Unpaid Work in Europe and the United States

  • Ariane Pailhé (Ined)

12.15 - Lunch Break
14.00 - Time-Adjusted Poverty among Working Households in Japan

  • Kayoko Ishii (Keio University)

14.40 - Innovation and Job Quality: A Virtuous Circle? Country and Firm-Level Evidence

  • Christine Erhel (Cnam)

15.20 - The Human Sustainability of ICT and Management Changes: Evidence for the French Public and Private Sectors

  • Nathalie Greenan (Cnam)

16.00 - Coffee Break
16.10 - Inequality through Wage Response to the Business Cycle – Evidence from the FFL Decomposition Method

  • Naomi Kodama (Nihon University)

16.50 - General Discussion and Prospects


Économie Inégalités, Informatique et sciences sociales, Intelligence artificielle, Protection sociale, Travail

Informations pratiques

  • Wednesday 20 November 2019 - 10:00 to 17:30
  • EHESS (Room AS1_08) - 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
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