Are you about to be replaced by a robot? The question has broad
implications for the U.S. economy, especially the manufacturing sector.
Industries that robotize tend to increase output. But robots can have
dire consequences for workers.
Two economists recently concluded that both jobs and wages
fall in parts of the U.S. where more robots are installed. The March
2017 study by Daron Acemoglu of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University shows the commuting
zones—i.e., local labor markets—where robot installations have grown the