No telecommuting, please! We’re signaling
The case for telecommuting is solid and gets more so with each new study. Heres one from just this week showing long commutes are correlated with bad heart health, for example. But despite this large and growing pile of evidence in favor of the practice, the increasing technological feasibility of many desk jobs going virtual and years upon years of discussion of the benefits of remote work, the number of actual telecommuters hasnt exactly skyrocketed. Whats up with that?
Some have pointed the finger at reluctant middle managers, but on EconLog this week economist Bryan Caplan reports that a new paper offers another compelling explanation. The senior paper by Georgetown undergraduate Alexander Clark, which Caplan, describes as fascinating, says the problem with the uptake of telecommuting... [via WebWorkerDaily]