Working From Home in Developing Countries

Item Type Journal paper
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.
Authors Gottlieb, Charles; Grobovsek, Jan; Poschke, Markus & Saltiel, Fernando
Journal or Publication Title European Economic Review
Language English
Subjects economics
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SEPS - Economic Policy
Refereed Yes
Date 2021
Publisher Elsevier
Number of Pages 25
ISSN 0014-2921
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Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Charles Gottlieb
Date Deposited 03 Feb 2021 14:19
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:44


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Gottlieb, Charles; Grobovsek, Jan; Poschke, Markus & Saltiel, Fernando (2021) Working From Home in Developing Countries. European Economic Review, ISSN 0014-2921

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