Time Savings when Working from Home

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Feb 14, 2023 | National Bureau of Economic Research

The pandemic-induced shift to work-from-home yielded large private benefits in the form of commute-time savings. In their working paper of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cavat Giray Aksoy, Jose Barrero, Nicholas Bloom et al quantify the commute-time savings associated with work-from-home, drawing on data for 27 countries. The average daily time savings in their sample is 72 minutes. They estimate that work-from-home saved about two hours per week per worker in 2021 and 2022, and that it will save about one hour per week per worker after the pandemic ends. Workers allocate 40 percent of their time savings to their jobs and about 11 percent to caregiving activities. People living with children allocate more of their time savings to caregiving.



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