We’re trying something new. We’ll pick 3 papers our team has read and do a quick summary + commentary on them. Let us know if you like this via twitter: @Irrationallabs

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Summaries this week by Kristen Berman

‘Working’ Remotely? Selection, Treatment, and Market Provision of Remote Work (JMP).

This paper tells a story about remote work and productivity.

In this study, researchers look at results from a Fortune 500 retailer’s experience with remote work. For this retailer, they find that in pre-covid conditions, remote work had an adverse selection problem. Less productive workers opt for remote work.

How did they find this out? They looked at workers who self-selected into remote work prior to COVID and compare their productivity with the productivity of all workers in COVID times. They summarize: “formerly on-site workers productivity rose by 8–10% relative to their already remote peers.” …


Kristen Berman

Thinking about Irrationality. Behavioral Scientist. Co-founder of Irrational Labs and Common Cents Lab.

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