Work from Home Before and after the Covid-19 Outbreak
20 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020 Last revised: 28 Aug 2021
Date Written: June, 2020
Based on novel survey data, we document the evolution of commuting behavior in the U.S. over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Work from home (WFH) increased sharply and persistently after the outbreak, and much more so among some workers than others. Using theory and evidence, we argue that the observed heterogeneity in WFH transitions is consistent with potentially more permanent changes to work arrangements in some occupations, and not just temporary substitution in response to greater health risks. Consistent with increased WFH adoption, many more – especially higher-educated – workers expect to WFH in the future.
JEL Classification: J1, J2, J22, I18, R4
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