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Enabling a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution: How G20 countries can create the conditions for emerging technologies to benefit people and the planet

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  • Herweijer, Celine
  • Combes, Benjamin
  • Johnson, Leo
  • McCargow, Rob
  • Bhardwaj, Sahil
  • Jackson, Bridget
  • Ramchandani, Pia

Abstract

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies. There is an increasing realization that the 4IR could also exacerbate problems for people and the planet. The G20 should champion a holistic approach to the 4IR that helps to address society's environmental and social challenges. This means both mitigating unintended adverse consequences of change and maximizing positive social and environmental benefits. The G20 should explore, and recommend, governance structures and policy mechanisms to ensure governments have the agility and ability to keep pace with the 4IR, and harness innovations that promise the greatest social and environmental returns.

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  • Herweijer, Celine & Combes, Benjamin & Johnson, Leo & McCargow, Rob & Bhardwaj, Sahil & Jackson, Bridget & Ramchandani, Pia, 2018. "Enabling a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution: How G20 countries can create the conditions for emerging technologies to benefit people and the planet," Economics Discussion Papers 2018-32, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwedp:201832
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    Keywords

    technology; structural policy; innovation; disruption; Fourth Industrial Revolution; environment; climate change; sustainability; externalities; social change; policy; economic transformation; structural change; governance; G20;

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    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government

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