A new GLO Discussion Paper finds that the fall in prices of information and communication technologies is associated with a significant increase in the share of employees who work from home.
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GLO Discussion Paper No. 719, 2020
The Impact of ICT on Working from Home: Evidence from EU Countries – Download PDF
by Jerbashian, Vahagn & Vilalta-Bufi, Montserrat
GLO Fellow Vahagn Jerbashian
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Author Abstract: We use data from 14 European countries and provide evidence that the fall in prices of information and communication technologies (ICT) is associated with a significant increase in the share of employees who work from home. Similar results hold within age, gender, and occupation groups. There are notable differences across age groups, however. The effect of the fall in ICT prices on working from home increases with age. A rationale for such a result is that the preference for working from home increases with age.
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