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Manav Raj

Stern School of Business, New York University
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May 2018Artificial Intelligence, Labor, Productivity, and the Need for Firm-Level Data
with Robert Seamans
in The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda, Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, editors
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 examines robotics rather than AI, and uses statistics aggregated by industry or country, which precludes in-depth studies regarding the conditions under which these technologies complement or substitute 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 use...
January 2018AI, Labor, Productivity and the Need for Firm-Level Data
with Robert Seamans: w24239
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 ot...
 
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