publication . Research . 2017

German robots: The impact of industrial robots on workers

Dauth, Wolfgang; Findeisen, Sebastian; Südekum, Jens; Wößner, Nicole;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Nürnberg: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB)
Abstract
We study the impact of rising robot exposure on the careers of individual manufacturing workers, and the equilibrium impact across industries and local labor markets in Germany. We find no evidence that robots cause total job losses, but they do affect the composition of aggregate employment. Every robot destroys two manufacturing jobs. This accounts for almost 23 percent of the overall decline of manufacturing employment in Germany over the period 1994-2014, roughly 275,000 jobs. But this loss was fully offset by additional jobs in the service sector. Moreover, robots have not raised the displacement risk for incumbent manufacturing workers. Quite in contrast, ...
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free text keywords: J24, O33, F16, R11, Robots, skill-biased technological change, labor market effects, Germany, ddc:330
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