Social distancing and shutdown policies have made it impossible for many people to work from their usual place of business. Understanding COVID-19’s effect on employment, therefore, requires knowing how many jobs can be performed from home, and research by Chicago Booth’s Brent Neiman and Jonathan Dingel suggests that in the US, that number is 37 percent of jobs. Neiman explains that there's a lot of heterogeneity in how those jobs are dispersed across regions and industries—and that preliminary findings suggest the proportion of jobs that can be done from home varies significantly across countries, as well.

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