Research and Policy

The Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes has generated a number of research outputs which have later been published in academic journals, working paper series and blogs. The research has also been summarized in presentations delivered within international conferences and seminars. Our research is listed by date order (most recent first).

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Research Papers

The Shift to Remote Work Lessens Wage Growth Pressures, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, and Emil Mihaylov

Long Social Distancing, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

Working From Home Around the World, by Cevat Giray Aksoy, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Mathias Dolls, Pablo Zarate, March 2022

Internet Access and its Implications for Productivity, Inequality, and Resilience, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, December 2021. In Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy, ed. Melissa S. Kearney and Amy Ganz (Washington D.C.: Aspen Institute Press, 2021)
Working Paper Version (10 July 2021)

Let me work from home, or I will find another job, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, 18 July 2021
VoxEU   World Economic Forum   LSE COVID-19 Blog

The Donut Effect of COVID-19 on Cities, by Arjun Ramani and Nicholas Bloom

Why working from home will stick, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis, 3 May 2021

COVID-19 is also a reallocation shock, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (Summer 2020)

COVID-19 shifted patent applications toward technologies that support working from home, by Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis and Zulia Zhestkova

60 million fewer commuting hours per day: How Americans use time saved by working from home, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis
VoxEU

Previous Results Summaries

July 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA July 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

June 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA June 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

May 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA May 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

April 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA April 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

March 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA March 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

February 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA February 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

January 2022 Email Briefing and SWAA January 2022 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

December 2021 Email Briefing and SWAA December 2021 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

November 2021 Email Briefing and SWAA November 2021 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

October 2021 Email Briefing and SWAA October 2021 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

SWAA September 2021 Updates, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis

Blogs, Podcasts, & Short Pieces

El impacto de la inflación por homeoffice, el crecimiento salarial y las expectativas del crecimiento,  El Financiero Bloomberg interview with José María Barrero, 18 July 2022

Hutchins Roundup: Inflation expectations, remote work, and more, by James Lee, Eric Milstein, Nasiha Salwati, and Louise Sheiner, July 2022

Joe Biden en Arabia Saudí. ¿Qué es una recesión? ¿Combate el teletrabajo la inflación y la desiguald?El Washington Post podcast (in Spanish) with Jose Maria Barrero

The Shift to Remote Work Lessens Wage-Growth Pressures, Economic Finding by the Becker Friedman Institute, June 2022

Taking Care of Business: Reimagining the Office with Hybrid Work, podcast with Steven J. Davis. May 2022

Best of Both Worlds: The Future of Office Is Hybrid Work, podcast with Steven J. Davis. April 2022.

Return to office: Millions of employees aren’t going back to working in person, Yahoo!News interview with Steven J. Davis. April 2022 Twitter clip

The future of work: Not the office or home, by Jinhua Zhao, March 2022

Why Companies Aren’t Cutting Back on Office Space by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, Harvard Business Review, January 2022

The Work From Home Outlook in 2022 and Beyond by Jose Maria Barrero, January 2022. Presented at the 2022 ASSA Meetings. Featured in The Economist’s Free Exchange Column, January 15, 2022

How Should Organizations Manage Remote Work? The Big Question, Chicago Booth Review, with Steven J. Davis, Michael Gibbs, and Melina Hale

Don’t Force People to Come Back to the Office Full Time, by Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, Harvard Business Review, August 2021

Onboarding Remote Workers: A Hassle? Maybe. A Barrier? No., by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent H. Meyer, and Nicholas Parker, Macroblog, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, July 2021

Remote work is here to stay…kinda, video with Nicholas Bloom, The Recount, July 2021

Hybrid is the future of work, by Nicholas Bloom, SIEPR Policy Brief, June 2021

Returning to the office will be hard, by Nicholas Bloom, Paul Mizen, Shivani Taneja, June 2021

The Pandemic Blew Up the American Office — For Better and Worse, by Edmund L. Andrews, Insights by Stanford Business, June 2021

NBER Research Spotlight, video presentation by Nick Bloom, June 2021

Work from Home Likely to Remain Elevated Post Pandemic, by Steve Maas, NBER Digest, June 2021

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days, by Nicholas Bloom, Harvard Business Review, May 2021

What Workers Want: The Permanent Impact of the Covid-Era Office, Greymatter (Blog + Podcast), Greylock, with Nicholas Bloom, May 25, 2021.

Why Working From Home Will Stick, Economic Finding, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago, 22 April 2021

Working from your living room in your PJ’s can be pretty productive!, KNX In Depth with Steven J. Davis, April 2021

WFH… Forever, in The Pie: Economics Podcast, University of Chicago, with Steven J. Davis and Kate Lister, April 2021
NPR One

Our research shows working from home works, in moderation, by Nicholas Bloom, March 2021

WFH Is Onstage and Here to Stay, by David E. Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Nick Parker, February 2021

The donut effect: How COVID-19 shapes real estate, by Arjun Ramani, Nicholas Bloom, January 2021

How has the pandemic changed the labor market? Chicago Booth Review, December 2020

Inventors are eyeing your home office, Chicago Booth Review, November 2020

60 million fewer commuting hours per day: How Americans use time saved by working from home, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven Davis, September 2020

How working from home works out, By Nicholas Bloom June 2020

Firms Expect Working from Home to Triple, by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, and Nick Parker, May 2020