Yuchen Guo

Economics, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

My dissertation project addresses questions about the interactions between work and technology or humans and machines in the labor market. Using administrative labor market data, I empirically investigate how previous technologies affect the demand for occupations whose activities can be replaced by technologies. In particular, I analyze how these workers adapt to the changed occupational structure. Do affected workers lose their jobs in the long run? Do they find employment again in their occupation, but in less productive firms? Or do they switch to lower-paying occupations? How much income do they lose as a result of these adjustment processes? This quantification of the costs of labor market change can help to understand how workers adapt to technological change and what the greatest challenges of technological transformation are for the labor market.