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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: People versus machines: The impact of being in an automatable job on Australian worker's mental health and life satisfaction
Authors: Lordan, Grace
Stringer, Eliza-Jane
Publication Date: Aug-2022
Pages: 101144
Journal: Economics and human biology
Keywords: Automation
Life satisfaction
mental health
job security
Abstract: This study explores the effect on mental health and life satisfaction of working in an automatable job. We utilise an Australian panel dataset (HILDA), and take a fixed effects linear regression approach, to relate a person being in automatable work to proxies of their wellbeing. Overall, we find evidence that automatable work has a small, detrimental impact on the mental health and life satisfaction of workers within some industries, particularly those with higher levels of job automation risk, such as manufacturing. Furthermore, we find no strong trends to suggest that any particular demographic group is disproportionately impacted across industries. These findings are robust to a variety of specifications. We also find evidence of adaptation to these effects after one-year tenure on the job, indicating a limited role for firm policy.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2022.101144
Research collection: Journal Articles
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