Technology Regulation in the Macroeconomy: Robots and Artificial Intelligence

About this project

Project description

Over the last few decades, the adoption of automation – particularly in the form of robots and artificial intelligence technologies – has gained unprecedented momentum. As documented by Acemoglu and Restrepo (2018), for example, the stock of industrial robots in the United States and Western Europe has nearly quadrupled between the 1990s and the 2000s. These new technologies affect different sectors and members of the economy in different ways: while robots may improve our living standards as households, they may also displace ourselves as workers in the labor market.


  • Advance knowledge in the area of macroeconomics
  • Disseminate research findings via publications in peer-reviewed high-quality journals, seminar and conference presentations, and through the media
  • Provide a basis for applying for external funding (through the Australian Research Council, or through other agencies)
  • Shed light on ongoing policy discussions around the governments role in the face of technological innovation

Information for applicants

Essential capabilities

Students should have strong quantitative and analytical skills, as well a work ethic

Desireable capabilities

Some economics background is expected.

Expected qualifications (Course/Degrees etc.)

Bachelor with a high degree of achievement (e.g., first class Honours), or Masters level qualifications in the following (or related) subjects: – Economics – Finance – Statistics – Mathematics – Engineering.

Additional information for applicants

note: i-students must have own scholarship to apply (CSIR, UCG-NET, etc)

Candidate Discipline

Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering

Project supervisors

Principal supervisors

UQ Supervisor

Associate professor Begoña Domínguez

School of Economics
IITD Supervisor

Dr Sourabh Paul

Department of Humanities and Social Science
Additional Supervisor

Dr Antonio Andres Bellofatto

School of Economics