Joe Maria Barreo, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis: Why Working From Home Will Stick (December 10, 2020)

Joe Maria Barreo, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, of Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Business School, Stanford University, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Hoover Institution, have published their study, “Why Working From Home Will Stick,” which presents the findings from a survey that investigate if working from home will be the new normal after COVID-19. The abstract is as follows:

We survey 15,000 Americans over several waves to investigate whether, how, and why working from home will stick after COVID-19. The pandemic drove a mass social experiment in which half of all paid hours were provided from home between May and October 2020. Our survey evidence says that about 25 percent of all full work days will be supplied from home after the pandemic ends, compared with just 5 percent before. We provide evidence on five mechanisms behind this persistent shift to working from home: diminished stigma, better-than-expected experiences working from home, investments in physical and human capital enabling working from home, reluctance to return to pre-pandemic activities, and innovation supporting working from home. We also examine some implications of a persistent shift in working arrangements: First, high-income workers, especially, will enjoy the perks of working from home. Second, we forecast that the post-pandemic shift to working from home will lower worker spending in major city centers by 5 to 10 percent. Third, many workers report being more productive at home than on business premises, so post-pandemic work from home plans offer the potential to raise productivity as much as 2.4 percent.

Click here to see full study: “Why Working From Home Will Stick”

Posted by Bella Hoang, Managing Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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