2020 applicants

Aitor Irastorza Fadrique

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Economics
 Aitor Irastorza Fadrique



I am a PhD student at the Department of Economics, University of Essex, under the supervision of Prof Marco Francesconi and Dr Michel Serafinelli. My research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics and automation. I also work as a Research Assistant with Dr Ben Etheridge. I completed my Bachelor and MSc in Economics at the University of the Basque Country.


  • MRes Economics (with Distinction), University of Essex (2019)

  • MSc Economics (Best Student Prize), University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (2018)

  • BSc Economics (Best Student Prize), University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (2017)

Research and professional activities


How do Robots affect us? Evidence from the United Kingdom

In light of recent innovation advances, the potential impacts of automation are being questioned once more. A growing literature examines the impact of new technologies on labor market outcomes, without reaching any consensus on the matter both theoretically and empirically. The thesis aims to shed some light on this debate. We rely on industrial robots, one of the leading automation technology in the last two decades and focus on the United Kingdom.

Supervisor: Professor Marco Francesconi , Dr Michel Serafinelli

Research interests

Labour Economics, Technological Change, Robots, Skills, Occupational Decline




Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Room 5B.214, Department of Economics