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"The future is here—it’s just unevenly distributed"

Quartz warns that we are heading into a Great Displacement. Automation is likely to eliminate millions of jobs in coming decades, a phenomenon already hitting those least able to adapt. Can entrepreneurs counter the trend and create widespread opportunities?

Already, jobs are moving away from the places where many of us live. Since the Great Recession, less than 40% of metro areas are adding new companies every year, according to an Economic Innovation Group report. And five metros accounted for as many new businesses as the rest of the country combined.

Yale Insights talked with Yale SOM economist Lisa Kahn to get an overview of the roiled labor markets.

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Jim Matheson
CEO, Oasys Water

Clara Miller
President and CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Timothy Smith
Director of Socially Responsive Investment, Walden Asset Management; Former Executive Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

John Crowley
Senior Lecturer in English, Creative Writing, Yale University; Author of nine novels


Todd Moss
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Director, The Emerging Africa Project

Robert Glaser
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, RealNetworks Graduate of Yale University Launched RealAudio, the first internet media player

Jeremy Eden
Cofounder and Co-CEO, Harvest Earnings

Nina Pavcnik
Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College