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How tech firms can drive growth — without making inequality worse

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For a lot of cities, tech hubs have been a key to leap beginning financial progress within the wake of the worldwide monetary disaster. In an period of uncertainty, tech-sector progress is proving to be a driving drive for nations making an attempt to achieve into the “next economy”. Within the UK, for example, the sector is – optimistically – predicted to grow 4 occasions sooner than GDP, whereas tech job progress is expected to outperform all different occupation classes by 2020.

By conventional measures of a profitable economic system – jobs and wages – this can be a welcome improvement. However there’s a growing body of evidence which means that the expansion of the tech sector in cities is related to increased economic segregation. And whereas it’s true that, typically, giant, profitable, high-growth cities tend to have excessive charges of financial segregation, areas with tech hubs appear to expertise this impact extra markedly.

Broadening the advantages

Studies have found that the share of tech jobs a metropolis has is positively related to earnings inequality: so, the upper the proportion of tech employment in a metropolis, the extra unequal it’s. In brief, pessimistic analyses recommend technology-driven economic system enormously favors a small group of gifted and fortunate people, whereas bringing little profit to others.