Work from Home Before and after the Covid-19 Outbreak

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15000

43 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 27 May 2022

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Alexander Bick

Arizona State University (ASU) - Economics Department

Adam Blandin

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) - School of Business

Karel Mertens

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; FRB Dallas

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Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

Based on novel survey data, we document a persistent rise in work from home (WFH) over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using theory and direct survey evidence, we argue that three quarters of this increase reflects adoption of new work arrangements that will likely be permanent for many workers. A quantitative model matched to survey data predicts that twice as many workers will WFH full-time post-pandemic compared to pre-pandemic, and that one in every five instead of seven workdays will be WFH. These model predictions are consistent with survey evidence on workers' own expectations about WFH in the future.

Suggested Citation

Bick, Alexander and Blandin, Adam and Mertens, Karel and Mertens, Karel, Work from Home Before and 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 (VCU) - School of Business ( 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

FRB Dallas ( email )

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

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