More Power to the People: Electricity Adoption, Technological Change, and Labor Conflict

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Despite the displacement of unskilled workers, new technologies often result in a net positive for the workforce. Using Sweden as a case-study, while there were some workers that ended up jobless during the electrification of Sweden, researchers discovered that most strikes held by workers were for wage hikes by skilled workers. This suggests that electricity adoption in Sweden emboldened skilled workers to fight for benefits, as employers couldn’t replace them easily despite the influx of unemployed unskilled workers. Read full article here

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