DP14584 How Many Jobs Can be Done at Home?

Author(s): Jonathan Dingel, Brent Neiman
Publication Date: April 2020
Date Revised: April 2020
Keyword(s): remote work, telecommuting
JEL(s): D24, J22, J61, O30, R12, R32
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics
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Evaluating the economic impact of "social distancing" measures taken to arrest the spread of COVID-19 raises a fundamental question about the modern economy: How many jobs can be performed at home? We classify the feasibility of working at home for all occupations and merge this classification with occupational employment counts for the United States. Our classification implies that 37 percent of U.S. jobs can plausibly be performed at home.