Working from home and Covid-19: the chances and risks for gender gaps

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

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-635375
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW-Kurzexpertise
Volume: 20-09
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 Kurzexpertisen
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: As the Covid-19 pandemic causes an all-time high share of people to work from home, this disruptive event is likely to have a long-lasting effect on work arrangements. Given existing research on the effects of working from home (WfH) on hours worked and wages, an increased availability of WfH may provide a chance for women to catch up with their male counterparts. Yet, the need to simultaneously care for children during the Covid-19 lockdown may also revive traditional gender roles, potentially counteracting such gains. This expert brief discusses the likely effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on gender gaps in light of recent empirical findings and novel statistics on the heterogeneous structure of work arrangements among couples.

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