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Stop worrying and love the robot: An activity-based approach to assess the impact of robotization on employment dynamics

Mauro Caselli (), Andrea Fracasso (), Sergio Scicchitano (), Silvio Traverso and Enrico Tundis ()

No 2021/06, DEM Working Papers from Department of Economics and Management

Abstract: This work investigates the impact that the change in the exposure to robots had on the Italian local employment dynamics over the period 2011-2018. A novel empirical strategy focusing on a match between occupations’ activities and robots’ applications at a high level of disaggregation makes it possible to assess the impact of robotization on the shares of workers employed as robot operators and in occupations deemed exposed to robots. In a framework consistently centered on workers’ and robots’ activities, rather than on their industries of employment, the analysis reveals for the first time reinstatement e↵ects among robot operators and heterogeneous results among exposed occupations.

Keywords: Robots; Employment; Activities; Tasks; Robot applications (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J23 J24 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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