Measuring tomorrow´s work and economy

2019 I Barry Colfer & Florian Ranft

The study analyses insights from 50 expert interviews in the UK, France and Germany and takes a deeper look on how tomorrow’s work will change the economy and society.

This is the cover of the study MEASURING TOMORROW’S WORK AND ECONOMY by the Berlin think tank Das Progressive Zentrum.In the report, Florian Ranft and Barry Colfer put forward a range of ideas for how to harness the potential of new technologies, and of how to address the social and economic risks that are posed by the impact of digitalisation. They identified four major challenges that are central to the public policy discussion on tomorrow’s work emerge, namely:

  • the need to ensure an inclusive digital transformation,
  • training and skills,
  • fostering growth and innovation potential in the economy,
  • and the fact that one size does not fit all.


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About the authors

Dr. Florian Ranft is head of the programme “Structural Change” at Das Progressive Zentrum. His work focuses on inclusive growth, a sustainable economy and the future of work. In previous capacities, he was Head of Policy and International at Policy Network, and a former Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy, both think tanks based in London. Previously, he was a researcher and lecturer in political sociology and international relations at the Universities of Frankfurt and Greifswald.


Dr. Barry Colfer is head of publications at Policy Network and is Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Barry holds a PhD and M.Phil in politics and international relations from the University of Cambridge, and has held academic and research positions at a range of top universities. His research interests include comparative European politics, industrial relations, party politics, and the implications for Ireland of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.





Barry Colfer

Florian Ranft

published on

16 October 2019