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The Financial Express
Measuring Bots

The rise of the robots - how automation of the shop-floor is increasing as is the household use of these machines - has been expansively commented upon. But what the gradual adoption of bots has meant for industry, has, so far, been limited to the extrapolation of trends than any actual research. A recent study, by economists Georg Graetz (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Guy Michaels (London School of Economics), sheds light on the effects the use of robots has had in 14 industries - chiefly, manufacturing, but also including agriculture and other sectors - in 17 developed economies, including the US, EU, Australia and South Korea.

This article was published by The Financial Express on March 31, 2015
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Related publications
'Robots at Work', Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels, Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper No.1335, March 2015

Related links
Georg Graetz webpage
Guy Michaels webpage
Labour Markets Programme webpage

La Voz de Galicia
Ciudadanos se suma al boicot al AVE en territorio gallego

El economista Luis Garicano, autor del programa economico del partido de Albert Rivera, opina que la inversion en la alta velocidad de Galicia es un ''derroche keynesiano'' que debe paralizarse
Economist Luis Garicano, author of the economic programme of the party of Albert Rivera, believes that investment in the high-speed of Galicia is a ''Keynesian splurge'' that should be halted. Garicano, el guru economico de Ciudadanos y prestigioso profesor espanol de la London School of Economics. La aversion de Garicano a la inversion en la alta velocidad ferroviaria, y al AVE a ...

This article was published by La Voz de Galicia (Spain) on March 30, 2015
Link to article here

Related links
Luis Garicano webpage
Productivity and Innovation Programme webpage

Wall Street Journal UK
Germanwings crash comes amid labor strife

... go away'', said David Marsden, an expert in employee relations at the London School of Economics. How management deals with the current tragedy could affect the tenor of future talks, said ...

This article was published by The Wall Street Journal UK on March 30, 2015
Link to article here

Related links
David Marsden here
Labour Markets Programme here

STICERD Morishima Lecture
Scarcity: A talk for people too busy to attend talks

Thursday 21st May 2015, 6:30- 8pm

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speaker: Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

Why does poverty persist?  Why do successful people get things done at the last minute?  A single psychology--the psychology of scarcity--connects these seemingly unconnected questions. The research in our book shows how scarcity creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset sheds light on our personal problems as well as the broader social problem of poverty and what we can do about it.  

After the success of the first Sticerd Morishima Lecture presented by Thomas Piketty in 2014, we are proud to annnounce the next public lecture will be presented by Sendhil Mullainathan on May 21st at the LSE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. More details of the event can be found here.


Department of Social Policy Public Lecture
The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

Should governments save people from themselves? If someone smokes, drinks, takes hard drugs, or tries to assist in a friend's suicide, does the government have the right to intervene? If so, how? This lecture offers answers to these questions - among the most socially important of our age.

Sir Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the LSE. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year's honours list for services to social science and public service.

He is the co-author of Government Paternalism: nanny state or helpful friend?

Public Economics Annual Symposium 2015

The 2015 CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium will take place on 14-15 May at the London School of Economics. It will be hosted by STICERD and co-funded by the International Growth Centre.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.

This year's symposium features a keynote talk by Professor Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley. The symposium will also include a number of sessions devoted specifically to the theme of "public economics and development".

The event provides a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It is also a great opportunity for young researchers to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

For more information about this event please go to