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Commute time savings when working from home

The large shift to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the amount of time that workers spend commuting. This column reports on a global survey of workers in 27 countries showing that working from home saved about two hours of commute time per week per worker in 2021 and 2022. On average, 40% of the time savings went to extra work on primary or secondary jobs. Differences between men and women in how they allocate their time savings are modest: women in households with children under the age of 14 allocated only 2.4 minutes more than men per day to caregiving.

Cevat Giray Aksoy, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Mathias Dolls and Pablo Zarate

24 January 2023

Vox EU

This work is published under POID and the CEP's Growth programme.