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The Economist Weekly magazine-format newspaper

As machines displace humans in production, their incomes the same pressures that afflict humans. The share of total income paid in wages - the "labour share" - has been falling for decades. Labour abundance is partly to blame; the owners of factors of production in shorter supply - such as land in Silicon Valley or protected intellectual property - are in a better position to bargain. But machines... See More
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Yanis Varoufakis Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

Either the robot sales tax should be dropped or it should be generalized into a capital goods sales tax. But imagine the uproar against a tax on all capital goods: Woe betide those who would diminish domestic productivity and competitiveness!
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Lawrence H. Summers Harvard economist and former US Treasury secretary

First, I cannot see any logic to singling out robots as job destroyers. There are many kinds of innovation that allow the production of more or better output with less labor input. Why pick on robots? Second, much innovative activity, even of a robotlike variety, involves producing better goods and services rather than simply extracting more output from the same input. Third, and perhaps most fund... See More
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Adam Smith Institute ASI is UK’s leading neoliberal think tank. See: @EamonnButler @Sam_Dumitriu @philip_salter @Da

A much better idea than putting income tax on robots would be to remove income tax on humans. That would spur human progress faster than even the visionary Mr Gates could ever imagine.
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Dean Baker Macroeconomist and codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

[This] is a tax on productivity growth.
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Andrus Ansip European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission

I am not in favor of taxing progress as others would take a lead in areas such as artificial intelligence, leaving Europe behind.
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Institute of Economic Affairs The Institute of Economic Affairs is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955

We must not be afraid of technological change and the rise of robots. New technology offers us improved living standards and a better quality of life and there is little evidence that job displacement is moving faster than the economy's ability to develop new types of employment. It is often overlooked that with technological change has come the creation of many new jobs already, including IT and ... See More
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Centre for Policy Studies Head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies (free-market British think tank)

Going ahead with a robot tax or other measures that would discourage investment in capital would be hugely damaging for the UK. The UK already suffers from a low capital-labour ratio, which is dampening productivity growth and holding back wage increases. Corbyn’s plans would exacerbate this problem and simply encourage new technologies and economic activity to locate elsewhere. The result would ... See More
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Centre for Policy Studies Head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies (free-market British think tank)

Going ahead with a robot tax or other measures that would discourage investment in capital would be hugely damaging for the UK. The UK already suffers from a low capital-labour ratio, which is dampening productivity growth and holding back wage increases. Corbyn's plans would exacerbate this problem and simply encourage new technologies and economic activity to locate elsewhere. The result w... See More
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Leonid Bershidsky Journalist

Automation did play a certain role in determining less-educated workers' life choices [i.e. losing their routine jobs and being forced either into unemployment or into the service sector]. But, Cortes, Jaimovich and Siu wrote, other factors were at least no less important. They specifically named "the share of high-skilled workers and their occupational choice, outsourcing and trade, and changes i... See More
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Matt Lynn Founder Endeavour Media. Financial columnist for WSJ MarketWatch, Daily Telegraph and Money We

In truth, AI and robotics promises to fuel a new wave of growth, which the world could certainly use. Even if it doesn’t, it will certainly replace lots of dull tasks, and remove a lot of daily drudgery. The last thing we want to do is tax that out of existence — no matter how many software billionaires tell us we should.
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James Bessen Lecturer in Law at the Boston University School of Law, economist and writer

Although automation will lead to further job losses in manufacturing, warehouse operations, and truck driving, the overall impact of automation across most industries will be to increase employment. Even though the pace of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence may accelerate over the next two decades, the impact of that change—whether it tends to increase or decrease employment—depends ... See More
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International Federation of Robotics IFR - The Voice of Robotics in the World

The IFR believes that the idea to introduce a robot tax would have had a very negative impact on competitiveness and employment.
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David Descoteaux Auteur, chroniqueur économique (CPA Magazine et Journal de Montréal/Québec) et toujours en quê

And couldn’t this [robot tax] result in double taxation for businesses, including many SMEs? Today, a company that uses technology to increase productivity pays taxes on its profits. However, if using a robot helps a company generate more profit, it will then have to pay more income tax plus a tax for having used a robot to increase its profitability.
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Dario Floreano Professor of Robotics & A.I.

Robotic manipulators have been replacing humans on factory floors around the world to produce better goods, in larger numbers at more affordable prices, for the past 50 years. There’s no reason why more advanced robots should be treated differently from a tax perspective.

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