After studying Economics, History and Management at Lund University, Frey completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2011.

He then joined the Oxford Martin School, where he founded the Future of Work programme with the support of Citigroup. Between 2012 and 2014, he taught in the Department of Economic History at Lund University. In 2012, Frey became Associate of Economics at Nuffield College and Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, both at the University of Oxford. He remains a Senior Fellow in the Department of Economic History at Lund University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). In 2019, he joined the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, as well as the Bretton Woods Committee.

In 2013, Frey co-authored "The Future of Jobs: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?", in which he estimated that 47% of jobs are at risk of automation. With over 5000 academic citations, the study's methodology has been used by President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, the Bank of England, the World Bank, as well as a popular BBC risk prediction tool. In 2019, the paper was discussed on the Last Week Tonight Show with John Oliver.

Frey has been an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, governments and companies, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations and several Fortune 500 companies. He is also an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Scientific American and the Wall Street Journal. He also contributes op-eds to the Financial Times, Scientific American and the Wall Street Journal, where he has written on the economics of artificial intelligence, the history of technology and the future of work.

His academic work has appeared in over 100 media outlets, including The Economist, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Time Magazine, Le Monde and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He has also appeared frequently on international broadcast media such as CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, Al Jazeera and Sky News. His most recent book, The Technology Trap, was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times in 2019.

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