Work from Home after the Covid-19 Outbreak

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Alexander Bick

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Adam Blandin

Virginia Commonwealth University

Karel Mertens

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

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Date Written: June, 2020

Abstract

Based on rich novel survey data on almost 5,000 working age adults, we document that 35.2 percent of the workforce worked entirely from home in May 2020, up from 8.2 percent in February 2020. Highly educated, high-income and white individuals were much more likely to shift to remote work and to maintain employment following the virus outbreak. Using available estimates of the potential number of home-based workers suggests that a large majority (71.7 percent) of U.S. workers that could work from home, effectively did so in May. We provide some evidence indicating that apart from the potential for home-based work, industry business conditions and labor demand also mattered for employment outcomes following the virus outbreak.

Keywords: COVID-19, working from home, telecommuting, social distancing, employment

JEL Classification: J1, J2, J22, I18, R4

Suggested Citation

Bick, Alexander and Blandin, Adam and Mertens, Karel, Work from Home after the Covid-19 Outbreak (June, 2020). FRB of Dallas Working Paper No. 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3638737 or http://dx.doi.org/10.24149/wp2017

Alexander Bick (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3806
United States

Adam Blandin

Virginia Commonwealth University ( email )

Karel Mertens

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas ( email )

2200 North Pearl Street
PO Box 655906
Dallas, TX 75265-5906
United States

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