LabFam seminar series: The Impact of ICT on Working from Home: Evidence from EU Countries
Speaker: Vahagn Jerbashian, University of Barcelona
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. This result also holds within age, gender, and occupation groups. While we find no significant differences among gender and occupation groups, we find that 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 and the benefits from working on-site decline with it.
About the speaker: Vahagn Jerbashian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Barcelona. His research primarily focuses on issues related to economic growth and technological change, labor demand, and the economic impact of information and communication technologies.