Distance Work and Life Satisfaction after the COVID-19 Pandemics

Becchetti LeonardoConzo GianluigiPisani Fabio
CEIS Research Paper
We use data of the 10th European Social Survey containing information on COVID-19 and work at distance. We find that working with employers that accept working from home or place of choice less than before the COVID-19 period impacts negatively and significantly on respondents’ wellbeing. We calculate that the reduction of this opportunity produces a fall of 5.6 percent in the probability of declaring high life satisfaction, the effect being concentrated in the subsample of respondents with work-life balance problems where the magnitude of the impact goes up to a maximum of 11 percent. Our findings contribute to explain the COVID-19 Easterlin paradox (contemporary occurrence of a sharp fall in GDP and non decrease/increase, in life satisfaction in the first 2020 COVID-19 year in many countries) and the great resignation - the rise of quit rates after COVID-19, partly motivated by absence of offers of hybrid contracts allowing a mix of work in presence and work at distance

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Number: 566
Keywords: distance work, life satisfaction, COVID-19
JEL codes: I31,J08
Volume: 21
Issue: 6
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Revision Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023