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Not so disruptive yet? Characteristics, distribution and determinants of robots in Europe

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Identifikācija
JRC nr: JRC120611
Publikācijas datums
6 maijs 2020

Apraksts

This paper analyses data on industrial robots in European manufacturing sectors, focusing on their applications and characteristics, their distribution over countries and sectors and the main factors that are correlated with robot adoption such as wage levels and robot prices. We argue that, contrary to popular belief, the types of robots widely used in manufacturing today do not imply a discontinuity in terms of automation and labour replacement possibilities. Instead, current robot technology is better understood as the most recent iteration of industrial automation technologies that have existed for a very long time. In fact, these automation technologies arguably had their biggest employment impact generations ago, partially explaining changes in employment structures in agricultural and manufacturing sectors that go back to the Industrial Revolution. Thus, the potential employment effects of current robot technology are a priori limited.

Authors:

FERNANDEZ MACIAS Enrique, KLENERT David, ANTON Jose-Ignacio

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