Makro-Pic Seminar: Robots and Economic Development

Block Seminar: July, 3rd and July, 4th, 2020.
Kickoff Meeting: see info sheet
Application: until May, 1st, 3:00 pm.
Enrollment in Flexnow: April, 28th - June, 7th.
Essay Submission: until June, 12th, 3:00 pm.
Final Prep Meeting: upon request
Seminar Info: info
Application Form: info

Due to COVID-19 the Seminar will take place on digital platforms. See info sheet for details.

Supervision: Matthias Beulmann: email   and Henry Stemmler: email
Course material for participants is available at the course material webpage


1. Automation and New Tasks: How Technology Displaces and Reinstates Labor

Reference: Acemoglu, D., and Restrepo, P. (2019). Automation and new tasks: how technology displaces and reinstates labor. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 33(2), 3-30.

2. Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labor Demand

Reference: Acemoglu, D., and Restrepo, P. (2019). The Wrong Kind of AI? Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Labor Demand (No. w25682). National Bureau of Economic Research.

3. Disappearing Routine Jobs: Who, How, and Why?

Reference: Cortes, G. M., Jaimovich, N., and Siu, H. E. (2017). Disappearing routine jobs: Who, how, and why?. Journal of Monetary Economics, 91, 69-87.

4. Robots at Work

Reference: Graetz, G., and Michaels, G. (2018). Robots at work. Review of Economics and Statistics, 100(5), 753-768.

5. On the Welfare Implications of Automation

Reference: Eden, M., and Gaggl, P. (2018). On the Welfare Implications of Automation. Review of Economic Dynamics, 29, 15-43.

6. Adjusting to Robots: Worker-level Evidence

Reference: Dauth, W., Findeisen, S., Suedekum, J., and Woessner, N. (2018). Adjusting to robots: Worker-level evidence. DIW Discussion Paper.

7. Has ICT Polarized Skill Demand?

Reference: Michaels, G., Natraj, A., and Van Reenen, J. (2014). Has ICT polarized skill demand? Evidence from eleven countries over twenty-five years. Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(1), 60-77.

8. Who Is Afraid of Machines?

Reference: Blanas, S., Gancia, G., and Lee, S. Y. T. (2020). Who Is Afraid of Machines?. Economic Policy, forthcoming.

9. Is Automation Labor-Displacing?

Reference: Autor, D., and Salomons, A. (2018). Is automation labor-displacing? Productivity growth, employment, and the labor share. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity.

10. Robots Worldwide: The Impact of Automation on Employment and Trade

Reference: Carbonero, F., Ernst, E., and Weber, E. (2018). Robots worldwide: The impact of automation on employment and trade. ILO Research Department Working Paper, (36).

11. Robots, Tasks and Trade

Reference: Artuc, E., Bastos, P., and Rijkers, B. (2018). Robots, Tasks and Trade, Discussion Paper, World Bank

12. The Great Reversal in the Demand for Skill and Cognitive Tasks

Reference: Beaudry, P., Green, D. A., and Sand, B. M. (2016). The great reversal in the demand for skill and cognitive tasks. Journal of Labor Economics, 34(S1), S199-S247.

13. Should Robots be Taxed?

Reference: Guerreiro, J., Rebelo, S., and Teles, P. (2017). Should Robots be Taxed? National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. w23806.

14. Robots and Reshoring: Evidence from Mexican Labor Markets

Reference: Faber, M. (2019). Robots and reshoring: Evidence from Mexican labor markets. Discussion Paper, University of Basel)

15. Should We Fear the Robot Revolution?

Reference: Berg, A., Buffie, E. F., and Zanna, L. F. (2018). Should we fear the robot revolution?(The correct answer is yes). Journal of Monetary Economics 97, 117-148.