Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216561
Authors: 
Angelici, Marta
Profeta, Paola
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 8165
Abstract: 
Does removing the constraints of time and place of work increase the utility of workers and firms? We design a randomized experiment on a sample of workers in a large Italian company: workers are randomly divided into a treated group that engages in flexible space and time job (which we call "smart-working") one day per week for 9 months and a control group that continues to work traditionally. By comparing the treated and control workers, we find causal evidence that the flexibility of smart-working increases the productivity of workers and improves their well-being and work-life balance. We also observe that the effects are stronger for women and that there are no significant spillover effects within workers of a team.
Subjects: 
randomized control trial
productivity
work-life balance
well-being
JEL: 
J16
J22
J24
L20
M54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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