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Exclusive Podcast on “Demographics Drought” With Ron Hetrick

24 January, 2024

35 Minutes

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Webinar Summary

In this insightful webinar, labor economist Ron Hetrick and Avinash Saxena delve into the challenges posed by demographic shifts in the labor market. Hetrick discusses the transition from a period of labor abundance to scarcity, highlighting the global impact of aging populations and declining birth rates, particularly in countries like Japan and China. He emphasizes the crucial role of immigration in addressing labor shortages and advocates for smarter, more adaptive policies. Additionally, the webinar explores the role of AI and robotics in the future of work, suggesting these technologies will enhance, rather than replace, human labor, making jobs more efficient and meaningful.

Key Highlights

  1. Demographic Changes in Labor Market: Hetrick discusses significant demographic shifts, particularly in developed countries, where there is a movement from an era of abundant labor to one of labor scarcity.
  2. Impact of Aging Populations: The conversation touches on how aging populations, especially in countries like Japan and China, are affecting the labor market. This includes challenges due to declining birth rates and the increasing need for services like healthcare.
  3. Labor Shortages and Economic Impact: Hetrick explains the ramifications of labor shortages, such as increased service costs and the necessity for businesses to adapt to a new labor landscape with fewer available workers.
  4. Role of Immigration: The importance of immigration is emphasized as a solution to labor shortages in countries with low birth rates. Hetrick suggests that intelligent immigration policies can help fill gaps in the labor market.
  5. Global Perspective: The discussion includes a global view of these demographic changes, with references to different countries facing similar challenges.

Audience Insights

AI's Appeal
AI significantly boosts efficiency in various sectors by automating routine tasks, allowing human workers to focus on more complex activities.
AI's Application
AI is used for streamlining operations, predictive maintenance, optimizing supply chains, and enhancing customer service.
AI's Concerns
AI's ability to automate tasks raises concerns about job losses, particularly in sectors heavily reliant on routine work.

About the Speakers

Ron Hetrick

Vice President at Lightcast

Ron Hetrick is a distinguished Vice President of Staffing Strategy and Senior Labor Economist at Lightcast, where he has been since September 2020. With a rich background as a corporate economist, including roles at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and as a director of data analysis teams, Hetrick is a recognized authority in labor market dynamics. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, frequently presenting his insights on economic and corporate data to large companies, trade associations, and local governments. His expertise is regularly featured in major media outlets like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Hetrick has authored significant articles on the labor economy, including “The Demographic Drought.” His extensive experience also includes serving as the lead advising economist for the largest staffing company in the U.S., where he played a crucial role in guiding market strategies and identifying risks. His skills encompass executive strategy, writing, consulting, public speaking, and economic research, making him a prominent figure in the field of labor economics and staffing strategy.

Avinash Saxena

Co-founder, BarRaiser

Avinash Saxena is a co-founder at BarRaiser since February 2021, with a focus on building high-potential, diverse, and inclusive teams. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he holds a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Physics. Before BarRaiser, Nash founded Roposo and served as the CTO of Zomato. He also founded HTech HandsTalk Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Based in San Francisco, California, Nash is a well-connected professional with over 11,624 followers and more than 500 connections.

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