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May 1, 2020

Smart-Working: Work Flexibility without Constraints

A scientific paper by Pr Paola Profeta, Director of the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality at Bocconi University, co-authored with Dr Marta Angelici, Research Fellow at Bicocca University.

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.

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