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The Productivity and Unemployment Effects of the Digital Transformation: an Empirical and Modelling Assessment

Bertani, Filippo and Raberto, Marco and Teglio, Andrea (2020): The Productivity and Unemployment Effects of the Digital Transformation: an Empirical and Modelling Assessment.

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Abstract

Since the last 30 years, the economy has been undergoing a massive digital transformation. Intangible digital assets, like software solutions, web services, and more recently deep learning algorithms, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, have been increasingly adopted thanks to the diffusion and advancements of information and communication technologies. Various observers argue that we could rapidly approach a technological singularity leading to explosive economic growth. The contribution of this paper is on the empirical and the modelling side. First, we present a cross-country empirical analysis assessing the correlation between intangible digital assets and different measures of productivity. Then we figure out their long-term impact on unemployment under different scenarios by means of an agent-based macro-model.

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