Robots, digitalisation and jobs
ITA (2017) Robots, digitalisation and jobs. ITA dossier no. 26en (April 2017; Authors: Tanja Sinozic, Michael Nentwich, Johann Cas).
Robots are expanding beyond factory spaces for car assembly or product delivery into transportation, healthcare and housework. Rapid progress in software algorithms allows the automation of tasks in middle-income jobs that originally required human training, practice and knowledge. Online platforms are shifting firm and sectoral boundaries, and opening them up to more competition under much less regulation. These changes hold opportunities for domestic industries; however, there are uncertainties in the degree to which this will affect overall employment. -> What do governments need to do to ensure that these changes raise, rather than lower, economic and social well-being?

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