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On the scope for work-from-home in high and upper middle-income countries

Antonio Estache and Simon Tooth

No 2020-46, Working Papers ECARES from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper analyses the drivers of the scope for work-from-home (WFH) in high-income and upper-middle-income countries from a government policy perspective rather than from the firms’ or workers’ viewpoints. A simple statistical analysis confirms the important role of policy efforts to ease digital adoption decisions. But it also shows the role of other factors that can be influenced by policy choices. Policies to increase the average level of education of the population help. Labor policies matter as well, although in more complex ways. Their impact on the rate of part-time employment and on the degree of self-employment is statistically significant but with opposite signs. Policies reducing discrimination against women access to the labor market would also favour the scope for WFH

Keywords: Telework; work-from-home; digitalisation; employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J22 J24 J48 J81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 p.
Date: 2020-11
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