Essay: Called to Serve: Elevating Human-Performed Caregiver and Volunteer Work in an Era of AI-Robotic Technologies

Forthcoming, Pittsburgh Tax Review (2019)

9 Pages Posted: 9 May 2019

Date Written: Fall 2018

Abstract

In the decades ahead, as technology disintermediates (removes) humans from market transactions, policymakers will need to redefine what constitutes socially and economically “valuable” transactions, in other words: work. Because the work performed by caregivers and volunteers supports our nation’s families and communities and generates significant economic value, this Essay argues that forward-looking public and tax policies should: (1) expressly define “valuable” work to include caregiver and volunteer services and (2) link individual economic benefit with the performance of such work via a refundable tax credit.

Keywords: tax policy, artificial intelligence, robots, volunteers, caregivers, tax credits

JEL Classification: K34, K31, K36

Suggested Citation

Escajeda, Hilary G, Essay: Called to Serve: Elevating Human-Performed Caregiver and Volunteer Work in an Era of AI-Robotic Technologies (Fall 2018). Forthcoming, Pittsburgh Tax Review (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3356662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3356662

Hilary G Escajeda (Contact Author)

Graduate Tax Program ( email )

2201 S. Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80208-2685
United States

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