Robots improve the gender pay gap despite raising wages overall

When industries replace employees with robots, wages rise for all normally because of productivity gains, however the difference in pay for men and women widens.

Cevat Giray Aksoy at King’s College London and his colleagues analysed the consequences of automation in 20 European countries using data from the statistical office of the EU. They found that the amount of robots per 10,000 employees increased, typically, by 47 % between 2006 and 2014. Typically, a 10 per cent rise in …

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