Working from home: heterogeneous effects on hours worked and wages


Arntz, Melanie ; Ben Yahmed, Sarra ; Berlingieri, Francesco


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/51329
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-513295
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 19-015
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J 2 , J31 , O33,
Keywords (English): Working from home , working hours , wages , gender , flexible work arrangements
Abstract: Working from home (WfH) has become much more common since the early 2000s. We exploit the German Socio-Economic Panel between 1997 and 2014 to investigate how such a work arrangement affects labour market outcomes and life satisfaction. We find that childless employees work an extra hour per week of unpaid overtime and report higher satisfaction after taking up WfH. Among parents, WfH reduces the gender gap in working hours and monthly earnings, as contractual hours increase more among mothers. Hourly wages, however, increase with WfH take-up among fathers, but not among mothers unless they change employer. This points to poorer bargaining outcomes for women compared to men when staying with the same employer. Controlling for selection into paid employment due to changes in unobserved characteristics or preferences does not affect the magnitude of the effects.

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Arntz, Melanie ; Ben Yahmed, Sarra ; Berlingieri, Francesco (2019) Working from home: heterogeneous effects on hours worked and wages. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 19-015 [Working paper]
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