Cognitive Performance in the Home Office - Evidence from Professional Chess

25 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2020

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Steffen Künn

University of Potsdam

Christian Seel

Maastricht University

Dainis Zegners

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management

Abstract

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, traditional (offline) chess tournaments were prohibited and instead held online. We exploit this as a unique setting to assess the impact of moving offline tasks online on the cognitive performance of individuals. We use the Artificial Intelligence embodied in a powerful chess engine to assess the quality of chess moves and associated errors. Using within-player comparisons, we find a statistically and economically significant decrease in performance when competing online compared to competing offline. Our results suggest that teleworking might have adverse effects on workers performing cognitive tasks.

JEL Classification: H12, L23, M11, M54

Suggested Citation

Künn, Steffen and Seel, Christian and Zegners, Dainis, Cognitive Performance in the Home Office - Evidence from Professional Chess. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13491, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3654928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3654928

Steffen Künn (Contact Author)

University of Potsdam ( email )

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Christian Seel

Maastricht University ( email )

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands
0031 433883651 (Phone)

Dainis Zegners

Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

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