Economics Seminar Series

Economics Seminar Series: Maria Petrova, Pompeu Fabra

Title: Automation, Career Values, and Political Preferences (joint with Gregor Schubert, Pinar Yildirim, Bledi Taska)

Info about event

Time

Tuesday 12 October 2021,  at 12:15 - 13:30

Location

Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2632(L), room 242

Presenter: Maria Petrova, Pompeu Fabra

Title: Automation, Career Values, and Political Preferences (joint with Gregor Schubert, Pinar Yildirim, Bledi Taska)

Abstract: "Recently, there has been much evidence linking economic shocks in the form of automation to employment and wage outcomes, as well as political outcomes. In this paper, we try to understand the mechanisms behind these effects. In particular, we go beyond current worker outcomes by introducing a new measure of future career prospects. We show that automation does not only affect current wages but that occupations also differ in the degree to which workers' future career is affected by automation, as automation affects both wages in jobs that workers might aspire to move into and the likelihood of different career transitions. Moreover, the labor market effects of automation differ by demographic group and local area characteristics. We then demonstrate that these patterns of heterogeneity in the impact of automation align with shifts in voter preference towards Donald Trump in the 2016 election -- with negative impacts predicting a shift in preference towards Trump." 

Organisers: Timo Hener and Michael Koch

The speaker will be online via Zoom, but the seminar will be streamed in 2632-L242. We hope to see as many of you as possible onsite.