Reference : The Zoom City: Working From Home and Urban Land Structure
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Unpublished conference
Business & economic sciences : Economic systems & public economics
Sustainable Development
The Zoom City: Working From Home and Urban Land Structure
Picard, Pierre M mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Department of Economics and Management (DEM) >]
Kyirakopoulou, Efthymia [Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU]
Working from Home conference, Part of the After the Pandemic conference series
ICEA, International Center for Economics Analysis
[en] Work from home ; urban ecooomics ; land use policy
[en] How would cities change if working from home (WFH) persisted in the post-pandemic era? This paper investigates the impact of WFH in the internal structure of monocentric cities, where production is characterized by management and employee spillovers. We find that business land rents decrease, while residential land rents fall close to the business center and increase in the suburbs. WFH raises urban productivity and average wages only in large cities. The paper also studies the optimal fraction of WFH from a residents and welfare point of view. Our results suggest that workers-residents have incentives to adopt an inefficiently high WFH scheme. We finally discuss the implementation of remote work in the short run. We show that WFH implies higher benefits for long distance commuters and lower benefits or even losses for firms and short distance commuters.

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