Automatic Reaction – What Happens to Workers at Firms that Automate?
Wiljan van den Berge ()
CPB Discussion Paper from CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
We provide the first estimate of the impacts of automation on individual workers by combining Dutch micro-data with a direct measure of automation expenditures covering firms in all private non-financial industries over 2000-2016. Using an event study differences-indifferences design, we find that automation at the firm increases the probability of workers separating from their employers and decreases days worked, leading to a 5-year cumulative wage income loss of about 8% of one year’s earnings for incumbent workers.
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