How Many Jobs Can Be Done at Home?

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Jonathan I. Dingel

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Brent Neiman

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: April 2020

Abstract

Evaluating the economic impact of "social distancing" measures taken to arrest the spread of COVID-19 raises a fundamental question about the modern economy: How many jobs can be performed at home? We classify the feasibility of working at home for all occupations and merge this classification with occupational employment counts for the United States. Our classification implies that 37 percent of U.S. jobs can plausibly be performed at home.

Keywords: remote work, telecommuting

JEL Classification: D24, J22, J61, O30, R12, R32

Suggested Citation

Dingel, Jonathan I. and Neiman, Brent, How Many Jobs Can Be Done at Home? (April 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14584, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3594206

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