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Kolik nás může pracovat z domova? Výsledky pro Českou republiku

How Many of Us Can Work from Home? Evidence for the Czech Republic

Matěj Bajgar, Petr Janský () and Marek Šedivý

Politická ekonomie, 2021, vol. 2021, issue 5, 555-570

Abstract: How well can a society and an economy face up to COVID-19 depends, among other factors, on how many jobs can be performed at home. Work from home has the potential to increase firms' productivity and quality of workers' lives regardless of COVID-19, but it can also create new challenges. In this paper, we estimate the share of Czech workers who could work from home, using detailed Czech labour force survey data and an internationally recognised occupational classification methodology. Overall, we apply in the Czech context a methodology developed by Dingel and Neiman and published by the Journal of Public Economics in 2020. Our results show that about one third of Czech workers can perform their jobs from home. This share is comparable with countries at similar per capita income levels and with the share of workers who worked from home in Czechia during COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. The ability to work from home is distributed unequally across sectors, regions and workers' education levels. Whereas around four fifths of workers in the financial or the information technology sectors can work from home, less than one in five workers in agriculture and culture can work from home. Most university-educated workers can work from home, but only one in ten workers with primary education can do so. About a half of the workers in Prague can work from home, while only about a quarter can do so in the rest of the Czech Republic.

Keywords: Remote work; telecommuting; work from home; home office; labour force survey; the Czech Republic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J61 R12 R32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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