NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment

Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts, Zhichun Jenny Ying

NBER Working Paper No. 18871
Issued in March 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

We wish to thank Jennifer Cao, Mimi Qi and Maria Sun from Ctrip and Ran Abramitzky, Mirko Draca, Itay Saporta, Stephen Terry, John Van Reenen and Edison Yu from Stanford for their help and advice in this research project. We thank Chris Palauni for organizing our trip to JetBlue, and David Butler, Jared Fletcher and Michelle Rowan for their time discussing the call-center and home-working industries. We thank in particular our discussants Mushfiq Mobarak, Rachael Heath, Sabrina Pabilonia, Shing-Yi Wang and seminar audiences at the AEA, Brown, CEPR, Columbia, CORE, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the London School of Economics, Harvard, MIT, the NBER, Stanford GSB, Texas A&M, and the World Bank for comments. We wish to thank Stanford Economics, Stanford GSB and the Toulouse Network for Information Technology (which is supported by Microsoft) for funding for this project. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. To note: James Liang is the current CEO of CTrip.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for James Liang -----

No funding was received from CTrip. James Liang is the co-founder, former CEO and current Chairman of CTrip. No other co-author has any financial relationship (or received any funding) from CTrip. The results or paper were not pre-screened by anyone.

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