When Does Work-from-Home Work?

74 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2020 Last revised: 8 Oct 2020

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Abhishek Bhatia

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Deepa Mani

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Shekhar Tomar

Indian School of Business

Date Written: July 25, 2020

Abstract

We derive sector-level scores of vulnerability to the COVID-19 induced lockdown in India and estimate its effects on post-lockdown shifts in economic activity. We use payments received at the state-sector level from one of India's largest payment gateways and find that a one standard deviation decrease in vulnerability arrests decline in payments by one-third. Additionally, we find that the vulnerability of downstream sectors affects a sector's payments, demonstrating network propagation of vulnerability. We find a similar shift in tweeting activity of more vulnerable NIFTY-500 firms, which tweet less, express less positive sentiment, and tweet different content from the pre-lockdown period.

Keywords: Work-from-Home, Human Proximity, Vulnerability, Economic Activity

JEL Classification: E23, E24, J01, J22

Suggested Citation

Bhatia, Abhishek and Mani, Deepa and Tomar, Shekhar, When Does Work-from-Home Work? (July 25, 2020). Indian School of Business, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3647989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3647989

Abhishek Bhatia

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

Deepa Mani

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

Shekhar Tomar (Contact Author)

Indian School of Business ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

HOME PAGE: http://shekhartomar.com

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