Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203112
Authors: 
Domini, Giacomo
Grazzi, Marco
Moschella, Daniele
Treibich, Tania
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2019/22
Abstract: 
This paper investigates how investment in automation-intensive goods impacts on worker flows at the firm level and, within firms, across occupational categories. Resorting to an integrated dataset encompassing detailed information on firms, their imports, and employer-employee data for French manufacturing employers over 2002-2015, we identify "automation spikes" using imports of intermediates embedding automation technologies and then test their impact on employment dynamics. We find that automation spikes are positively correlated with preceding and contemporaneous growth in employment, mainly due to lower separation rates of investing firms. These differential patterns of net and gross worker flows do not appear to change significantly across different types of workers (occupational categories, "techies", routine-intensive vs. non routine-intensive jobs).
Subjects: 
Automation
Skills
Technological Change
Gross Worker Flows
JEL: 
D25
J23
L25
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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