An Alternate to Survey Methods to Measure Work from Home

12 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2020

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Mohit Sharma

Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD)

Sargam Gupta

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai

Xavier Estupinan

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Date Written: September 4, 2020

Abstract

La versión española de este artículo se puede encontrar en:http://ssrn.com/abstract=3694243.

During unprecedented times like COVID-19, when ‘social distancing’ is a new normal, knowing the jobs that can be performed from home is useful for policymakers and researchers. A most common way to estimate jobs that can be performed from home is by carrying out surveys, but this method is time and cost-intensive. Moreover, using US-based O*NET surveys to estimate work from home (WFH) index in a home country, other than the US, can potentially lead to large measurement errors. In this paper, we propose a rating based methodology to estimate the WFH index. The ratings are provided for occupation-wise work activities according to their likelihood of getting performed from home by experts. This method is time and cost-effective and can easily be replicated in any country accounting for indigenous reality. Using tools like Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR), which is extensively used in psychology literature, we attempt to create a robust index of WFH for India.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, Work from home; Inter-rater reliability; Agreement Coefficients; Ratings

JEL Classification: C1; J2; J6; J8

Suggested Citation

Sharma, Mohit and Gupta, Sargam and Estupinan, Xavier, An Alternate to Survey Methods to Measure Work from Home (September 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3686212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3686212

Mohit Sharma (Contact Author)

Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD) ( email )

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Sargam Gupta

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai ( email )

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Xavier Estupinan

International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

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