Measuring the impact

New research from MIT and Stanford (in partnership with the Cognizant Center for the Future of Work) will provide a definitive analysis of the impact of the remote models of work forced on much of the world’s population by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concerns about infection and risk of disease due to the pandemic contributed to a large decline in global economic activity in 2020.  As the pandemic shut down traditional workplaces, the share of Americans working from home soared from less than about 17% at the start of 2020 to nearly 50% by the middle of the year.

We now aim to identify causal relationships and understand the long-term implication of the pandemic.

While earlier work by Cognizant documented clear correlations between COVID-19 and remote work, we now aim to identify causal relationships and understand the long-term implication of the pandemic. In particular, through a new representative survey of the US adult population, and taking advantage of individual, business and regional heterogeneity in pandemic exposure, our team will obtain causal estimates on a variety of economic and organizational impact metrics. We will explore the adoption of remote work, organizational changes, consumption choices of conventional and digital goods, and overall wellbeing and determine whether these changes will have long-lasting effects.

(Email us if you would like a copy of this forthcoming report.)