I am an assistant professor of economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. I am also an affiliate member of the CESifo Research Network, an associate member of the LASER Research Network at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and a fellow of the Schöller Research Center for Business and Society.
Abstract: Working from home (WFH) has become ubiquitous around the world, reducing the need for long commutes for many workers. This may especially improve the economic situation of women, who show a higher aversion against commuting. Using a stated-preference experiment among German employees, we estimate workers' valuation of WFH and its impact on willingness-to-pay to avoid commuting. We show that workers are willing to give up 7.7% of their earnings for WFH on average. The willingness-to-pay for WFH steeply increases with commuting distance. Importantly, we find that WFH reduces, but does not close the gender gap in willingness-to-pay to avoid commuting.
The Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming
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