EU Sources - Robots, employment and wages - April 30, 2018

Thinktank Bruegel published a working paper that studies the impact of industrial robots on employment and wages in six European Union countries, that make up 85.5% of the EU industrial robots market. In theory, robots can directly displace workers from performing specific tasks (displacement effect). But they can also expand labour demand through the efficiencies they bring to industrial production (productivity effect). The authors’ estimates do not point to robust and significant results on the impact of robots on wage growth, even after accounting for possible offsetting effects across different populations and sectoral groups.

The working paper: in English …  

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