COVID-19 and Telework: An International Comparison


  • Hiroshi Ono Hitotsubashi University Business School
  • Takeshi Mori Hitotsubashi University Business School and Nomura Research Institute



telework, COVID-19, digital inequality


This paper uses identical surveys conducted in July 2020 in eight countries – U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, Sweden, China, South Korea, and Japan – and examines teleworking within and across these eight countries. We seek to answer the following questions: (1) Which demographic and socioeconomic groups are more likely to telework? (2) Is there any association between telework and other work-related experiences such as life satisfaction and perceived productivity at work? Across countries, we observe that teleworking was higher in countries that imposed strict lockdowns, such as China, and lower in countries that had soft lockdowns, such as Japan. Within each country, there are notable differences in teleworking between low- and high-income persons, and between those employed in small versus large firms. We also find that people who used telework before COVID-19 report higher life satisfaction compared to those who started using telework for the first time after the COVID-19 outbreak.




How to Cite

Ono, H., & Mori, T. (2021). COVID-19 and Telework: An International Comparison. Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media , 1.