Does Robots´Reach Exceed Their Grasp? Differential Impacts of Robot Adoption and Spillover Effects on Workers in the Czech Republic

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 688

23 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2021

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Matěj Bělín

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)

Date Written: April 1, 2021

Abstract

This paper uses a quasi-differences-in-differences approach to identify impacts of robotisation and exposure to robots owned by foreign competitors on labour market outcomes of Czech workers. Utilising employee-level data allows for identification of differential impacts on workers of different skill levels. We find that while robot adoption substantially increases demand for college-educated labour, demand for employees with an elementary and/or high school diploma decreases slightly. Exposure to robots owned by foreign competitors also seems to drive up the demand for college graduates and to suppress the demand for workers with lower qualifications.

Keywords: Automation, Differences-in-differences

JEL Classification: F61, J29

Suggested Citation

Bělín, Matěj, Does Robots´Reach Exceed Their Grasp? Differential Impacts of Robot Adoption and Spillover Effects on Workers in the Czech Republic (April 1, 2021). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 688, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3829972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3829972

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