Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/215800
Authors: 
Abeliansky, Ana Lucia
Prettner, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 518
Abstract: 
We analyze the effects of declining population growth on automation. Theoretical considerations imply that countries with lower population growth introduce automation technologies faster. We test the theoretical implication on panel data for 60 countries over the time span 1993-2013. Regression estimates support the theoretical implication, suggesting that a 1% increase in population growth is associated with an approximately 2% reduction in the growth rate of robot density. Our results are robust to the inclusion of standard control variables, different estimation methods, dynamic specifications, and changes with respect to the measurement of the stock of robots.
Subjects: 
Automation
Industrial Robots
Demographic Change
Declining Fertility
JEL: 
J11
O33
O40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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