Nov 2022

10:00 - 12:00
IWH Research Seminar

Virtual lecture: What Are the Labor and Product Market Effects of Automation? New Evidence from France

We use comprehensive micro data in the French manufacturing sector between 1995 and 2017 to document the effects of automation technologies on employment, sales, prices, wages, and the labor share.

Philippe Aghion (Collège de France; London School of Economics)
IWH, conference room, Leipziger Straße 100 and via Zoom
Philippe Aghion (Collège de France; London School of Economics)

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Philippe Aghion is Professor at the Collège de France and at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the economics of growth.

Causal effects are estimated with event studies and a shift-share IV design leveraging pre-determined supply linkages and productivity shocks across foreign suppliers of industrial equipment. At all levels of analysis — plant, firm, and industry — the estimated impact of automation on employment is positive, even for unskilled industrial workers. We find that automation leads to higher sales, higher profits, and lower consumer prices, while it leaves wages, the labor share and within-firm wage inequality unchanged. Consistent with the importance of business-stealing across countries, the estimated industry-level employment response to automation is stronger in industries that face international competition. Read more ...

To join the lecture via ZOOM, please contact Javier Miranda.

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