Piotr Lewandowski: Automation and Income Inequality in Europe (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Automation and Income Inequality in Europe .


With the participation of Piotr Lewandowski (IBS). Joint with: Karina Doorley (ESRI, TCD, IZA), Jan Gromadzki (WU Vienna, IZA, IBS), Dora Tuda (ESRI, TCD), Philippe Van Kerm (LISER, University of Luxembourg)


The seminar is held in English.


We study the effects of robot penetration on household income inequality in 14 European countries between 2006–2018, a period marked by the rapid adoption of industrial robots. We establish that, similarly to the U.S., automation reduced relative hourly wages and employment of more exposed demographic groups in European countries. Using the estimated wage and employment shocks as input to the EUROMOD microsimulation model, we assess the contribution of robot-driven shocks to household income inequality. Automation had minor effects on income inequality. Household risk-sharing and tax and welfare policies largely absorbed wage and employment shocks caused by automation.


Guest Speakers

  • The Institute for Structural Research (IBS)
    Piotr Lewandowski is a labour economist and a President of the Board at the Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Warsaw, Poland, and a Research Fellow at the IZA, Bonn, and RWI Essen. His research interests include the impact of technological progress on labour markets, structural and occupational change, job quality, and minimum wage, as well as the social and labour market effects of climate and energy policies.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 12/09/2023.

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