Who and how many can work from home in Norway? Evidence from task descriptions
15 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020
Date Written: April 20, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has forced great societal changes, including forcing many to work remotely
(work from home) in an effort to increase social distancing. The ability to work from home has long been considered a perk, but we have few estimates of how many are actually able to work from home. This paper attempts to estimate the share of the Norwegian jobs that can be performed remotely by combining register-based labor statistics and the official documentation of the ISCO-08 standard. We find that approximately 39% of Norwegian jobs can be performed at home. The results suggest that the pandemic and the government’s attempts to mitigate this crisis may have a quite uneven impact on the population. Those who are already disadvantaged are often less likely to have remote-friendly jobs and thus are hit more severely.
Keywords: COVID-19, Working from home, Job advertisements, Unconventional data, Norway
JEL Classification: D24, J22, J61, O30, R12, R32
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