The Substitution of Labor: From Technological Feasibility to Other Factors Influencing Job Automation

The Substitution of Labor from Technological Feasibility to Other Factors Influencing Job Automation (2018) ISBN: 978-91-86797-32-4

76 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018

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Robin Teigland

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Marketing and Strategy

Jochem van der Zande

Independent

Karoline Teigland

Lund University - Faculty of Engineering, Students

Sharyar Siri

Stockholm School of Economics - Institute for Research (SIR)

Date Written: January 1, 2018

Abstract

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics can perform an increasingly wider variety of job activities, and automation is no longer confined to routine tasks. Nevertheless, the automation potential for non-routine tasks seems to remain limited, especially for tasks involving autonomous mobility, creativity, problem solving, and complex communication.

This report is the fifth report from the three-year research project, The Internet and its Direct and Indirect Effects on Innovation and the Swedish Economy, under the leadership of Professor Robin Teigland. The research project examines the feasibility of a number of technologies to replace labor. Some of the key findings from the report include the following:

• A majority of jobs will be affected by the automation of individual activities, but only a few have the potential to be completely substituted.

• The nature of jobs will change as mundane tasks will be substituted and people will work more closely together with machines.

• Industries that have a large potential for activity substitution are food and accommodation services, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, wholesale trade, and manufacturing.

Keywords: automation, labor, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, Internet

JEL Classification: O00

Suggested Citation

Teigland, Robin and van der Zande, Jochem and Teigland, Karoline and Siri, Sharyar, The Substitution of Labor: From Technological Feasibility to Other Factors Influencing Job Automation (January 1, 2018). The Substitution of Labor from Technological Feasibility to Other Factors Influencing Job Automation (2018) ISBN: 978-91-86797-32-4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3140364

Robin Teigland (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Marketing and Strategy ( email )

Box 6501
Stockholm, Stockholm 113 65
Sweden

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Jochem Van der Zande

Independent ( email )

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Karoline Teigland

Lund University - Faculty of Engineering, Students ( email )

Sweden

Sharyar Siri

Stockholm School of Economics - Institute for Research (SIR) ( email )

Stockholm
Sweden

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