Discussion paper

DP15000 Work from Home Before and After the COVID-19 Outbreak

Based on novel survey data, we document a persistent rise in work from home (WFH) over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using theory and direct survey evidence, we argue that three quarters of this increase reflects adoption of new work arrangements that will likely be permanent for many workers. A quantitative model matched to survey data predicts that twice as many workers will WFH full-time post-pandemic compared to pre-pandemic, and that one in every five instead of seven workdays will be WFH. These model predictions are consistent with survey evidence on workers' own expectations about WFH in the future.


Mertens, K, A Blandin and A Bick (eds) (2022), “DP15000 Work from Home Before and After the COVID-19 Outbreak”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 15000. https://cepr.org/publications/dp15000-1