Who Telecommutes? Where is the Time Saved Spent?

Harley Frazis

Abstract

The American Time Use Survey has shown a trend toward increased market work at home from its inception in 2003 to the present.  This paper examines one possible source of this trend, paid telecommuting, using the 2017-18 ATUS module on Leave and Job Flexibilities.  I analyze the relation between work at home and paid telework, produce evidence on trends in telecommuting, examine the characteristics of telecommuters, and estimate where the time saved by not commuting to a workplace is spent.