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What the research can teach us about automation



Öppna seminarier

Many have opinions about and much is said in regards to digitalization and its effects. But what do we know? And what can we learn from the research?

Melanie Arntz, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, and assistant professor at the University of Heidelberg, will open the seminar. Her research focuses on how changing conditions, such as digitalization, affects labour markets and individuals. She is the author of “The Risk of Automation for Jobs in OECD Countries”, published by the OECD. She finds that on average, across the 21 OECD countries, 9 % of jobs are automatable. A much lower figure than previous estimates, arguing that other studies overstate the risks.

Researchers at the Research Insitute of Industrial Economics, IFN, study digitalization and automation and its effects. Fredrik Heyman, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson have recently published a governmental report on how digitalization and automation have influenced the industrial reorganization of the Swedish business sector – Digitaliseringens dynamik (ESO). They find that Swedish firms, in particular in manufacturing, have successfully applied digitalization. Also Mårten Blix, IFN, discusses the broad effects of digitalization. He is the author of the report “The economy and digitalization – opportunities and challenges” and a book, Digitalization, Immigration and the Welfare State, that will be published in January 2017.

Melanie Arntz will present her research on job automation, accompanied by comments/presentations by Lars Persson and Mårten Blix. A panel discussion will follow:

  • Assistant professor Melanie Arntz, Centre for European Economic Research and University of Heidelberg
  • Ph.D. Mårten Blix, researcher at IFN
  • Professor Lars Persson, deputy director IFN
  • Annika Winsth, chief economist Nordea

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The panel will be moderated by Sara Öhrvall, advisor for digitalization, board member, and columnist in Dagens Industri.


When? Monday, November 28. See program below.

Where? Armémuseum, Riddargatan 13, Stockholm



11.30–12.00 Registration. A light lunch will be served.

12.00–12.20 Presentation by Melanie Arntz

12.20–12.40 Presentations by Lars Persson and Mårten Blix

12.40–13.30 Paneldiscussion, including questions from the audience.

Please send an email to if you wish to participate in the seminar.


The seminar is free of charge, though by cancellation after November 24, an administrative fee of SEK 200 will apply.

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