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Work from Home Before and After the COVID-19 Outbreak


Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am, Oct. 22nd, 2021

Platform: Zoom

Speaker: Alexander Bick

(Arizona State University)


Meeting ID: 830 3495 8277

Passcode: inse



Based on novel survey data, we document the evolution of commuting behavior in the U.S. over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Work from home (WFH) increased sharply and persistently after the outbreak, and much more so among some workers than others. Using theory and evidence, we argue that the observed heterogeneity in WFH transitions is consistent with potentially more permanent changes to work arrangements in some occupations, and not just temporary substitution in response to greater health risks. Consistent with increased WFH adoption, many more(especially higher-educated)workers expect to WFH in the future.





Professor Alexander Bick is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Economics at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He is a macroeconomist with interests in labor economics, and economic growth and development. His current research focuses on documenting and understanding cross-country differences in labor supply, specifically between Europe and the U.S. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as American Economic Review and Review of Economic Studies, and has been covered by national and international media outlets such as Bloomberg. At Arizona State University, he has co-taught Ph.D. classes with the 2004 Nobel Laureate Edward C. Prescott as well the Global Business Environment course in the W. P. Carey MBA program. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany in 2009.