Testing the Employment Impact of Automation, Robots and AI: A Survey and Some Methodological Issues

23 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2019

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Laura Barbieri

Università Cattolica di Piacenza

Chiara Mussida

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The present technological revolution, characterized by the pervasive and growing presence of robots, automation, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, is going to transform societies and economic systems. However, this is not the first technological revolution humankind has been facing, but it is probably the very first one with such an accelerated diffusion pace involving all the industrial sectors. Studying its mechanisms and consequences (will the world turn into a jobless society or not?), mainly considering the labor market dynamics, is a crucial matter. This paper aims at providing an updated picture of main empirical evidence on the relationship between new technologies and employment both in terms of overall consequences on the number of employees, tasks required, and wage/inequality effect.

Keywords: technology, innovation, employment, skill, task, routine

JEL Classification: O33

Suggested Citation

Barbieri, Laura and Mussida, Chiara and Piva, Mariacristina and Vivarelli, Marco, Testing the Employment Impact of Automation, Robots and AI: A Survey and Some Methodological Issues. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12612. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3457656

Laura Barbieri (Contact Author)

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Chiara Mussida

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Largo Gemelli 1
Milan, 20123
Italy

Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ( email )

Via Emilia Parmense, 84
Piacenza
Italy

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano ( email )

Largo Gemelli 1
Milano, 20123
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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