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The spatially uneven diffusion of remote jobs in Europe

Luca, Davide, Özgüzel, Cem and Wei, Zhiwu (2024) The spatially uneven diffusion of remote jobs in Europe. III Working Paper (136). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The paper maps the spatially uneven diffusion of working from home across 30 European countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. We summarise the determinants of remote working and show that its uptake was lower than in the US, and substantially uneven across/within countries, with most remote jobs concentrated in cities and capital regions. We then apply a variance decomposition procedure to investigate whether the uneven distribution of remote jobs can be attributed to individual or territorial factors. Results underscore the importance of composition effects as, compared to intermediate-density and rural areas, cities hosted more workers in occupations/sectors more amenable to working remotely. Overall, findings highlight how working from home is unlikely to substantially alter the current patterns of spatial inequality between core urban areas and peripheral rural regions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s)
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J20 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O52 - Europe
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P25 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics; Housing; Transportation
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2024 15:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:35

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