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Nanotechnology Implications for Labor
Volume 7, Issue 1

Noela Invernizzi and Guillermo Foladori

Research on the social implications of nanotechnology has hardly addressed the topic of labor, despite the social importance of the subject. Based on an analysis of the characteristics of nanotechnology products that are already on the market, this article shows that nanotechnology will have a significant impact on employment distribution among sectors, the international division of labor and skill requirements for labor, causing destabilizing effects on employment at the national and global levels. The authors describe how nanotechnology will lead to employment creation and destruction, changes in sectoral distribution of the workforce, changes in the global spatial distribution of the workforce, and changes in qualifications for jobs.

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