Work from Home after the Covid-19 Outbreak

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15000

25 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 16 Aug 2020

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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: July 2020

Abstract

Based on rich novel survey data, we document that 35.2 percent of the US workforce worked entirely from home in May 2020, up from 8.2 percent in February. Highly educated, high-income and white workers were more likely to shift to working from home and maintain employment following the pandemic. Individuals working from home daily before the pandemic lost employment at similar rates as daily commuters. This suggests that, apart from the potential for home-based work, demand conditions also mattered for job losses. We find that 71.7 percent of workers that could work from home effectively did so in May.

Suggested Citation

Bick, Alexander and Blandin, Adam and Mertens, Karel, Work from Home after the Covid-19 Outbreak (July 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3650114

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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