60 Million Fewer Commuting Hours Per Day: How Americans Use Time Saved by Working from Home

10 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2020

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Jose Maria Barrero

ITAM - Business School

Nicholas Bloom

Stanford University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Steven J. Davis

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Hoover Institution

Date Written: September 15, 2020

Abstract

Drawing on original surveys of our own design, we estimate that the pandemic-induced shift to working from home lowers commuting time among Americans by more than 60 million hours per work day. Cumulative time savings over the past seven months exceed 9 billion hours. Our survey data also say that Americans devote about 35% of the time savings to their primary jobs and about 60% to work activities of all sorts, including household chores and child care. The allocation of time savings is broadly similar for men and women and across groups defined by race and ethnicity, but it differs substantially by education group and between persons with and without children at home.

Suggested Citation

Barrero, Jose Maria and Bloom, Nicholas and Davis, Steven J., 60 Million Fewer Commuting Hours Per Day: How Americans Use Time Saved by Working from Home (September 15, 2020). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-132, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3695188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3695188

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