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The Risk of Automation in Argentina

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  • Leonardo Gasparini

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CONICET)

  • Irene Brambilla

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CONICET)

  • Andrés César

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

  • Guillermo Falcone

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CONICET)

  • Carlo Lombardo

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CONICET)

Abstract

In this paper we characterize workers’ vulnerability to automation in the near future in Argentina as a function of the exposure to routinization of the tasks that they perform and the potential automation of their occupation. In order to do that we combine (i) indicators of potential automatability by occupation and (ii) worker’s information on occupation and other labor variables. We find that the ongoing process of automation is likely to significantly affect the structure of employment. In particular, unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to bear a disproportionate share of the adjustment costs. Automation will probably be a more dangerous threat for equality than for overall employment.

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  • Leonardo Gasparini & Irene Brambilla & Andrés César & Guillermo Falcone & Carlo Lombardo, 2020. "The Risk of Automation in Argentina," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0260, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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