The Geography of Remote Work: Exploring Regional Differences across US regions

Authors: Ryan Wallace*, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Henry Renski, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: economic geography, mobility, migration, workplace, knowledge work
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Rapidly evolving digital, mobile, and information and communication technologies have contributed to the decoupling of geography and labor and made it possible for many jobs to be completed from anywhere, particularly work that emphasizes the development and flow of information and knowledge. One manifestation of this has been the emergence of the remote worker as someone untied to an employment location and may instead base location and migration decisions on other factors that accentuate access to amenities and other place based factors. This paper examines the distribution and differences of remote work across US regions. We explore the role of place-based factors, economic and labor market opportunities, and personal and household characteristics in location decisions to identify the factors most associated with the level and growth of remote workers in place. Particular attention is paid to geographic patterns of remote knowledge work.

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