Working from home in developing countries

Charles Gottlieb, Jan Grobovsek, Markus Poschke, Fernando Saltiel

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103679
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Volume133
Early online date9 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • occupations
  • tasks
  • work from home
  • remote work

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