When Does Work-from-Home Work?

Mani, D and Tomar, S and Bhatia, A (2020) When Does Work-from-Home Work? Working Paper. SSRN. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We develop an index of occupational vulnerability for India, based on the occupation's feasibility of remote work and the underlying need for human proximity. We aggregate occupation-level scores to derive sector-level scores of vulnerability to COVID-19 induced lockdowns. We find that our vulnerability index relates to post-lockdown shifts in economic activity. We use payments received at the state-sector level from one of India's largest payment gateways and find that a one-standard-deviation decrease in sectoral vulnerability decreases the fall in the count and value of payments by one-third. A similar change is captured in the posting activity of NIFTY-500 firms on Twitter. We find that firms in more vulnerable sectors tweet less, demonstrate less positive sentiment in their tweets, and tweet different content from the pre-lockdown period.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Mani, D
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2458-6961
Tomar, S
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Bhatia, A
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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work-from-Home, Human Proximity, Vulnerability, Economic Activity
Subjects: Human Resources Management
Depositing User: Gurusrinivasan K
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 02:47
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 02:47
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1383
Publisher URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3647989
Publisher OA policy: https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3647989
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