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

Antón, José-Ignacio; Fernández-Macías, Enrique and Winter-Ebmer, RudolfORCID: (2023) Does robotization affect job quality? Evidence from European regional labor markets. Industrial Relations. A Journal of Economy and Society, 63 (3), pp. 233-256.

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Whereas there are recent papers on the effect of robot adoption on employment 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. In order to deal with the possible endogeneity of robot deployment, we employ an instrumental variables strategy, using the robot exposure by sector in other developed countries as an instrument. 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.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Funders: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Fundación Ramón Areces, Linz Institute for Technology
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): J23, J81, O33
Research Units: Current Research Groups > European Governance, Public Finance and Labor Markets
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2023 12:55
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 11:57
DOI: 10.1111/irel.12324
ISSN: 1468-232X

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