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Working from home, pandemic, occupations, industries

Vahagn Jerbashian and Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí ()
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Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí: Universitat de Barcelona, BEAT, and CREB

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No 2022/427, UB Economics Working Papers from Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB School of Economics

Abstract: We use data from the EU Labour Force Survey for 8 countries and document the levels of working from home in the sample countries, industries, and occupations in the 2011-2019 period and its changes in 2020, the year when the COVID-19 pandemic started. We show that there are significant differences in working from home across countries, industries, and occupations and that working from home has increased almost everywhere in the 2011-2019 period and more significantly in 2020. Countries that had the lowest levels of working from home in 2019 enacted the most stringent stay-home and workplace closure policies and experienced the largest growth rates in working from home in 2020. Finally, we compute a measure of working from home capacity for the sample countries using the observed working from home levels.

Keywords: Working from home; pandemic; occupations; industries. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2022
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