Jan Gromadzki, a researcher from the UNTANGLED project at the Institute for Structural Research (IBS), presented a paper titled “Automation and Income Inequality in Europe” at th Society of Labor Economists (SOLE) Conference in Philadelphia on May 12-13, 2023.
Co-authored with Piotr Lewandowski (IBS), Karina Doorley (ESRI), Philippe Van Kerm (LISER), and Dora Tuda (ESRI), the paper sheds light on the impact of robot adoption on wages and employment in Europe between 2006 and 2018. The findings indicate a significant reduction in both wages and employment due to automation. While wage inequality was widened, household income inequality was minimally affected. Additionally, the UNTANGLED researchers discovered that risk sharing within households and redistribution measures helped mitigate the impact of automation.
During the conference, Lewandowski also presented an experimental study conducted in collaboration with Katarzyna Lipowska and Mateusz Smoter, which explored the mismatch between workers and employers regarding their preferences for remote work.
The Annual SOLE Conference showcased more than 300 papers covering various aspects of labour economics, presented across 85 sessions. For more information, you can refer to the SOLE Conference agenda.