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No, It's Not The End Of The Wage System

Are new technologies making the wage system obsolete, turning employees into independents? No, workers aren't so much freelancing as moonlighting.

The office lives in Japan
The office lives in Japan
*Augustin Landier and David Thesmar

-OpEd-

PARIS — Over the course of just a few years, a bold new assertion has become conventional wisdom: that new technologies are rapidly making the wage system obsolete. The worker of the future will be a freelancer, the argument goes, accumulating jobs at the whim of possible clients and his desire to work. New technologies clearly favor this type of organization, because it puts the tasks that need to be handled in the hands of workers who can tackle them immediately.

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