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Mental Health Consequences of Working from Home during the Pandemic

Jun Hyung Kim (), Yu Kyung Koh and Jinseong Park

No 960, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Abstract: This paper examines the effects of working from home on mental health, using unique real time survey data from South Korea collected during the COVID-19 pandemic. We find that working from home negatively affects the mental health of workers in the first half of 2020. Furthermore, we find substantial heterogeneity across gender and home environment. The negative impact of working from home is concentrated on women, and on those who are primarily responsible for housework while also maintaining market work. Surprisingly, workers who live with children in the household do not suffer from the negative effects of working from home. Our findings suggest that family-work interaction may be an important factor in the optimal design of working from home.

Keywords: Working from home; home working; remote work; COVID-19; mental health; subjective well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 L23 L84 M11 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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