"Working from home: Germany lagging behind other European countries": Six Questions to Karl Brenke

Interview of February 29, 2016

Mr. Brenke, you’ve been conducting research on working from home in Germany. DIW Berlin produced a similar study two years ago. What distinguishes the recent study from the previous one?

The main difference is that we now have data on how many people would actually be able to work from home, given their employment conditions. We didn’t have this information last time. Of course, someone who sits behind a cash register in a store or has to carry out their job on a construction site can’t work from home, but now we can distinguish whether an individual’s employment conditions allow them to work from home and whether the person in question would actually want to do so. [...]

The full interview with Karl Brenke is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 8/2016. It is available for download as pdf document (PDF, 96.88 KB).

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