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New Study Adds More Evidence That Tech Affects Worker’s Well-Being

June 13, 2018

Via: Workforce
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A 10-percentage-point increase in automation risk at the county level worsens general, physical and mental health by 2.38 percentage points, 0.8 percentage points, and 0.6 percentage points, respectively, based on study results. The study reveals that physical distress such as being hospitalized and not being able to work, and mental distress such as depression are linked to people’s fear of losing their jobs to automation.

Hicks and the other contributors, Srikant Devaraj, research assistant professor at Ball State; Emily J. Wornell, research assistant professor at Ball State’s Indiana Communities Institute; and Pankaj C. Patel at Villanova University, made sure to take into account factors that may have made a difference in the end results. They had to control factors such as educational background, income inequality, age, population, ethnic groups and amount of income.

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