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Research Seminar with Professor Guy Michaels, Zurich, Wednesday, 29.4.2015
Robots at work

You and your guests are cordially invited to

a Research Seminar with Professor Guy Michaels
Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Associate in the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE

who will be speaking on robots at work

on Wednesday, 29 April 2015, at 16:15

at the University of Zurich
Department of Economics
Room G-21
Schoenberggasse 1
8001 Zurich
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Abstract: Despite ubiquitous discussions of robots' potential impact, there is almost no systematic empirical evidence on their economic effects. In the presented paper, we analyze for the first time the economic impact of industrial robots, using new data on a panel of industries in 17 countries from 1993-2007. We find that industrial robots increased both labor productivity and value added. Our panel identification is robust to numerous controls, and we find similar results instrumenting increased robot use with a measure of workers' replaceability by robots, which is based on the tasks prevalent in industries before robots were widely employed. We calculate that the increased use of robots raised countries' average growth rates by about 0.37 percentage points. We also find that robots increased both wages and total factor productivity. While robots had no significant effect on total hours worked, there is some evidence that they reduced the hours of both low-skilled and middle-skilled workers.

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