Who Can Work and Study from Home in Pakistan: Evidence from a 2018-19 Nationwide Household Survey

dc.contributor.author Hasan, Syed
dc.contributor.author Rehman, Attique
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Wendong
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Wendong
dc.contributor.department Economics
dc.date 2020-05-05T16:20:55.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:13:58Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:13:58Z
dc.date.embargo 2020-05-05
dc.date.issued 2020-08-05
dc.description.abstract <p>In this article, we examine the feasibility of working and studying from home in Pakistan. We take advantage of the recently released 2018–19 Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) Survey. PSLM is a nationally representative household survey with extensive information on employment outcomes, children’s educational attainment, as well as internet and computer access and prior usage information. Modifying Dingel and Neiman [2020]’s approach, we define the feasibility of jobs that can be done from home based on the percentage of tasks that can be switched online and accounting for internet accessibility. We also investigate the possibilities for students to study from home via TV or internet. We find that only 10% of jobs in Pakistan can be done from home; however, megacities have much higher rates and rural areas have lower rates. In addition, many of Pakistan’s male workers are in low-skill, low-paying service industries and cannot work from home, while occupations with a higher female employment share have a relatively higher work-from-home share despite lower percentage of prior internet use. Our results also highlight the homeschooling challenges Pakistan’s students face given the low rates of television and internet access. The government’s outreach effort through the new Teleschool TV channel could help alleviate pre-existing gender inequalities in access to education.</p>
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dc.identifier.contextkey 17632228
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dc.identifier.submissionpath econ_workingpapers/105
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/22624
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dc.subject.disciplines Health Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Inequality and Stratification
dc.subject.disciplines Labor Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Regional Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Work, Economy and Organizations
dc.subject.keywords COVID-19
dc.subject.keywords Occupations
dc.subject.keywords Tasks
dc.subject.keywords Pakistan
dc.subject.keywords Work from Home
dc.subject.keywords Distance Learning
dc.title Who Can Work and Study from Home in Pakistan: Evidence from a 2018-19 Nationwide Household Survey
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