Who’s afraid of automation? Examining determinants of fear of automation in six European countries

01  October 2024    2:00 pm CEST

Join Katarzyna Śledziewska and Renata Włoch as they reveal new insights into determinants of fear of automation in six European countries.

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This study develops an original conceptualization of the fear of automation and assesses its determinants, such as the role of technology in the workplace (complementary or substitutive), task routineness, workers' exposure to technology, and workers' positions in the labor market. Using survey data from six Central EU countries—Austria, Germany, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—we found that exposure to technology increases the fear of automation, similar to task substitution. Youth, less educated, and lower-income individuals are more fearful, while gender shows no significant effect. In conclusion, we discuss how automation fears impact reskilling motivation in organizational practices.

The project leading to this webinar has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101031139.

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Prof. Katarzyna Śledziewska is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw. A member of Readie and the Polish Economic Institute. At DELab UW, she is the Executive Director and she manages various international projects, such as NGI Forward and Horizon 2020. Her scientific interests focus on digital transformation and the Digital Single Market. She lectures on the theory of economic integration and regional groups as well as on digital finance. Katarzyna Śledziewska is the co-author of a recently published book titled “Digital Economy. How new technologies change the world” (WUW, 2020). She is also the author of various publications in international scientific journals, monographs and academic textbooks.

Prof. Renata Włoch is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw, graduate in international relations and sociology at the University of Warsaw.. Author of numerous expert opinions and reports for business and public institutions, as well as institutional evaluations. At DELab UW, she coordinates research activities as Scientific Director. Her own research focuses on social changes resulting from digital transformation, especially those occurring in the labour market and education system. Co-author of the book 'The Digital Economy. How new technologies are changing the world' (WUW 2020). Co-creator of Digital Sociology major at the University of Warsaw.