publication . Article . 2021

Working from home in developing countries

Charles Gottlieb; Jan Grobovsek; Markus Poschke; Fernando Saltiel;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2021 Journal: European Economic Review, volume 133, page 103,679 (issn: 0014-2921, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract We use worker-level data on the task content of jobs to measure the ability to work-from-home (WFH) in developing countries. We show that the ability to WFH is low in developing countries and document significant heterogeneity across and within occupations, and across worker characteristics. Our measure suggests that educated workers, wage employees and women have a higher ability to WFH. Using data from Brazil, Costa Rica and Peru, we show that our measure is predictive of actual WFH both in terms of overall levels and variation with occupation and individual characteristics, as well as employment outcomes. Our measure can thus be used to predict WFH outcomes in developing countries.
Fields of Science and Technology classification (FOS)
05 social sciences, 0502 economics and business, 050205 econometrics, 050207 economics
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Finance, economics, 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Developing country, Employment outcomes, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), Demographic economics, Economics, Wage, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Work from home
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  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
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