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Does robotization affect job quality? Evidence from European regional labour markets

José Ignacio Antón (), Enrique Fernandez-Macias and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer ()

No 2020-20, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: Whereas there are recent papers on the effect of robot adoption on employ- ment and wages, there is no evidence on how robots affect non-monetary working conditions. We explore the impact of robot adoption on several domains of non-monetary working conditions in Europe over the period 1995-2005 combining information from the World Robotics Survey and the European Working Conditions Survey. Aiming to deal with the possible en- dogeneity of robot deployment, we employ an instrumental variables strategy, using the robot exposure by sector in other developed countries as an instru- ment. Our results indicate that robotization has a negative impact on the quality of work in the dimension of work intensity and no relevant impact on the domains of physical environment or skills and discretion.

Keywords: robotization; working conditions; job quality; Europe; regional labour markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J81 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-12
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