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The Costs and Benefits of Home Office during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Evidence from Infections and an Input-Output Model for Germany

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Schymik, Jan (University of Mannheim (Germany))
  • Fadinger, Harald (University of Mannheim (Germany))
Publication Date
2020-11-01
Funding Reference
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
    • Award Number: CRC TR 224 (Project B6)
Free Keywords
Working from Home; Input-Output Model; Confinement; COVID-19
Description
  • Abstract

    We study the impact of working from home on (i) infection risk in German regions and (ii) output using an input-output (IO) model of the German economy. We find that working from home is very effective in reducing infection risk: regions whose industry structure allows for a larger fraction of work to be done from home experienced much fewer Covid-19 cases and fatalities. Moreover, confinement is significantly more costly in terms of induced output loss in regions where the share of workers who can work from home is lower. When phasing out confinement, home office should be maintained as long as possible, to allow those workers who cannot work from home to go back to work, while keeping infection risk minimal. Finally, systemic industries (with high multipliers and/or high value added per worker) should be given priority, especially those where home office is not possible.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-01-01 / 2020-12-31
    Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2020--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2020 (Spring 2020)
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: NUTS 2 (Regierungsbezirke)
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Relations
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/E124902V1
  • Has version
    DOI: 10.3886/E124902V2
Publications
  • Fadinger, Harald, and Jan Schymik. “The Costs and Benefits of Home Office during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Evidence from Infections and an Input-Output Model for Germany.” COVID ECONOMICS, no. 9 (April 24, 2020): 107–34. file:///C:/Users/schymik/AppData/Local/Temp/CovidEconomics9.pdf.
    • ID: file:///C:/Users/schymik/AppData/Local/Temp/CovidEconomics9.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2020-11-01 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-10-21

Schymik, Jan; Fadinger, Harald (2020): The Costs and Benefits of Home Office during the Covid-19 Pandemic - Evidence from Infections and an Input-Output Model for Germany. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E124902