The New Bazaar
The hopeful, undetermined future of remote work
This episode is all about remote wok. (Or as it is also sometimes known, telework, or telecommuting, or just working from home.)
The trend towards remote work has accelerated a lot during the Covid pandemic, as is clear in the data. What we don’t yet know is how much of the trend will last. And if it does last, what kind of economic and societal consequences will it have? What might be its effects on things like how we design our homes, and even our neighborhoods? What will happen to the downtowns of big cities, if their offices stay empty? What will it mean for how people get evaluated and promoted at work.
Today’s guest is economist Adam Ozimek, the chief economist of the Economic Innovation Group. Adam has done some of the most detailed and original analysis on remote work in recent years—not just chronicling the trend right now, but also looking at how it might conceivably change our lives in the long run.