Working from Home and Commuting: Heterogeneity Over Time, Space, and Occupations

23 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2019

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Duco de Vos

Delft University of Technology

Maarten van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies; University of St. Andrews; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

E.J. (Evert) Meijers

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Abstract

Teleworking may increase the willingness to accept a longer commute. This paper presents new evidence of the effect of teleworking on the length of commutes. We use novel panel data from the Netherlands, for the years 2008-2018, and find stronger effects compared to studies that use older data. Between 2008 and 2018 however, the effect was remarkably stable: workers that started teleworking increased their commutes by 12 percent on average. We analyse heterogeneity in the effect of teleworking on commuting across different levels of urbanization and across occupations. This study stresses the effects of teleworking on the geographical scale of labour markets, and provides important inputs for policymakers that aim to promote teleworking.

Keywords: telecommuting, commuting time, information technology, fixed effects

JEL Classification: R11, R41, O18

Suggested Citation

de Vos, Duco and van Ham, Maarten and Meijers, E.J. (Evert), Working from Home and Commuting: Heterogeneity Over Time, Space, and Occupations. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12578, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3449572

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