Cognitive Performance and Remote Work - Evidence from Professional Chess
26 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2021
Date Written: September 9, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional (offline) chess tournaments were prohibited and instead held online. We exploit this unique setting to assess the impact of remote--work policies on the cognitive performance of individuals. Using the artificial intelligence embodied in a powerful chess engine to assess the quality of chess moves and associated errors, we find a statistically and economically significant decrease in performance when an individual competes remotely versus offline in a face-to-face setting. The effect size decreases over time, suggesting an adaptation to the new remote setting.
Keywords: Remote work, productivity, chess
JEL Classification: C72, J24, Z20
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