UNTANGLED researchers Piotr Lewandowski and Zuzanna Kowalik of IBS participated in the workshop Automation and Well-being at the University of Groningen on April 14.
The interdisciplinary event brought together researchers in economics, economic geography, sociology, organizational psychology, management science and technology, and innovation science. The speakers presented complementary perspectives on the consequences of automation technologies. Piotr Lewandowski presented the paper “Automation and Income Inequality in Europe”, co-authored with Karina Doorley (ESRI), Jan Gromadzki (IBS), Philippe van Kerm (LISER), and Dora Tuda (ESRI).
Their preliminary findings suggest that between 2006 and 2018, the adoption of robots significantly reduced wages and employment in Europe. Although automation widened wage inequality, it had a minimal impact on household income inequality. Finally, they found that risk sharing in households and redistribution cushion the effect of automation.