NBER paper seeks lessons for home working in Industrial Revolution

Move to remote working could be undermined by organisational problems, authors warn

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Economists compare 2020’s widespread shift to home working to the mass-migration of the Industrial Revolution in a new working paper.

The paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, highlights how the move to home working this year is in some ways the mirror image of the Industrial Revolution. Before people moved to industrialising cities, work from home was common.

Authors Réka Juhász, Mara Squicciarini amd Nico Voigtländer argue that in both periods, new technologies –

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