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Daniel M. Bennett

Center for Economic and Social Research
and Department of Economics
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, CA 90089

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August 2020Remote Work and the Heterogeneous Impact of COVID-19 on Employment and Health
with Manuela Angelucci, Marco Angrisani, Arie Kapteyn, Simone G. Schaner: w27749
This paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and respiratory health for remote workers (i.e. those who can work from home) and non-remote workers in the United States. Using a large, nationally-representative, high-frequency panel dataset from March through July of 2020, we show that job losses were up to three times as large for non-remote workers. This gap is larger than the differential job losses for women, African Americans, Hispanics, or workers without college degrees. Non-remote workers also experienced relatively worse respiratory health, which likely occurred because it was more difficult for non-remote workers to protect themselves. Grouping workers by pre-pandemic household income shows that job losses and, to a lesser extent, health losses were highe...
 
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