More power to the people: Electricity adoption, technological change and social conflict

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@misc{5dd14343762a4559a3355d67ff2ca9d4,
title = "More power to the people: Electricity adoption, technological change and social conflict",
abstract = "History has shown that new technology can disrupt societies, and current developments in automation have raised anxious speculation on what might happen if stable middle-class jobs are taken over by machines. This column analyses the impact of technological change on labour markets and social protests, taking the case of the adoption of electricity in early 20th century Sweden. It finds that electrification did increase the incidence of local strikes, but that disputes were associated with workers demanding higher wages and better working conditions rather than attempting to block innovation.",
author = "Kerstin Enflo and Jakob Molinder and Tobias Karlsson",
year = "2019",
month = oct,
day = "23",
language = "English",
publisher = "Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)",
type = "Other",

}