A Robot Tax Is a Bad Idea
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In 1979, 40.5 percent of the working age population in the U.S. held such jobs; that share stayed constant for another decade, but then, by 2014, it dropped to 31.2 percent.
It's mostly people, both men and women, with a high-school education or less who accounted for the decline, Cortes, Jaimovich and Siu point out in a just-published paper; some of them ended up out of work, others took non-routine manual jobs – became waiters and other service workers or, say security guards.
Conventional wisdom says automation caused the less-educated Americans to lose their routine jobs and forced them either into unemployment or into the service sector.
Automation did play a certain role in determining less-educated workers' life choices.
In other words, for workers in routine occupations to keep their jobs, it wouldn't be enough for a government to raise the costs of automation.
Out of the entire available arsenal, he would only be able to pick increased taxes on automation – but that wouldn't reverse the trend away from routine jobs.
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