Automation and inequality

The effects of digital transformation on employment have been widely addressed and discussed. However, the effects on wages remain highly controversial among labour economists. We place a special focus on the differences between the US, European and German discussions. The scoping study identifies the causes and conditions of the different developments in both Germany and the US and utilises expert interviews to validate these assessments.

The guiding questions are:

  • How can we assess the research findings on degrading and upgrading skill trends and the polarisation of the labour market?
  • How and through which mechanisms are wage-setting procedures and incomes influenced by automation?

Project partner: Laura Tyson, UC Berkeley