Project UNTANGLED research on the impact of rapid industrial robot adoption on household inequalities has been featured in the latest issue of FBK Magazine, published by Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK).
In an interview with Francesca Guerzoni, Piotr Lewandowski of the Institute for Structural Research (IBS) presented the key findings from the UNTANGLED research paper “Automation and Income Inequality in Europe,” which he co-authored. The research reveals that although robots may have some adverse effects on the earnings and employment rates of more exposed worker groups in Europe, their influence on household income inequality is relatively limited, thanks to the balancing effect of European benefit systems.
Lewandowski highlighted the substantial variations among European countries. For instance, Belgium and Germany have experienced significant labor market disruptions due to automation, but their tax and welfare systems have responded robustly. This contrasts with Eastern European countries, where the response has been less pronounced.