Economic Aspects of Automation

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The increasing diffusion of automation in all sectors of the industrial world gives rise to a deep modification of labor organization and requires a new approach to evaluate industrial systems efficiency, effectiveness, and economic convenience. Until now, the evaluation tools and methods at disposal of industrial managers are rare and even complex. Easy-to-use criteria, possibly based on robust but simple models and concepts, appear to be necessary. This chapter gives an overview of concepts, based on the economic theory but revised in the light of industrial practice, which can be applied for evaluating the impact and effects of automation diffusion in enterprises.


Gross Domestic Product Unemployment Rate Real Wage Physical Capital Intermediate Good 
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collaborative demand and supply network


gross domestic product


ground delay program


information and communication technology


information technology


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


price setting


small and medium-sized enterprises


wage setting


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Manufacturing Systems and EconomicsPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department Manufacturing Systems and EconomicsPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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