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AI, Labor, Productivity and the Need for Firm-Level Data

Robert Seamans, Manav Raj

NBER Working Paper No. 24239
Issued in January 2018
NBER Program(s):Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

We summarize existing empirical findings regarding the adoption of robotics and AI and its effects on aggregated labor and productivity, and argue for more systematic collection of the use of these technologies at the firm level. Existing empirical work primarily uses statistics aggregated by industry or country, which precludes in-depth studies regarding the conditions under which robotics and AI complement or are substituting for labor. Further, firm-level data would also allow for studies of effects on firms of different sizes, the role of market structure in technology adoption, the impact on entrepreneurs and innovators, and the effect on regional economies amongst others. We highlight several ways that such firm-level data could be collected and used by academics, policymakers and other researchers.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24239

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