A new research paper on the use of robots in firms is forthcoming in the Economic Journal. The paper ist the first to use detailed firm-level data (1990-2016) to document the selection of firms into robot adoption, as well as the associated effects on employment and productivity. A central insight of the paper is that robot adoption is not random, but concentrated among big, highly productive firms, and that robot adopers are able outcompete non-adopters in the same industry. The paper is called "Robots and Firms" and was written jointly by Marcel Smolka, Michael Koch, and Ilya Manuylov. It can be accessed through the website of the Economic Journal.
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