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Association of Washington Business: Manufacturing and Automation

This study evaluates the impact of automation on manufacturing employment in Washington state.

The research begins with an extensive review of the literature on automation, development of an operative definition, and framework for understanding the varied positive and negative potential impacts of automation on incumbent employment.

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We then assess using federal and state data sources the quantifiable investments and effects of automation, including capital expenditures, measures and proxy-measures of labor productivity, and relationship between manufacturing wages, productivity, and output by subsector.

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