Working from home became a perk for the most privileged Americans in the pandemic. The next few years will make that inequality permanent

Posted On: Mar 7, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Working from home became a perk for the most privileged Americans in the pandemic. The next few years will make that inequality permanent

Summary List Placement Since COVID-19 first sent vast swaths of US office workers home last spring, one of the biggest questions has been whether they'll get to keep doing their jobs remotely after the crisis recedes. Two new studies by economists suggest that many will, mostly through a hybrid arrangement in which employees divide their weeks between the office and home.
The findings are some of the strongest indications yet that the country's newfound embrace of remote work will outlast the pandemic. Potentially tens of millions of professionals could benefit. But the studies also show that the new work-from-home perks will be largely limited to the most privileged in the workforce.
In one of these papers, Alexander Bick at Arizona State University, Adam Blandin at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Karel Mertens at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas started tracking the prevalence of remote work in May. In December, they asked respondents an additional question in their survey: In 2022 and later, how...

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