Rise of Remote Series: Exploring Trends in Remote Work Post-COVID
The COVID-19 public health crisis pushed approximately half of the American workforce out of their physical offices and into the remote at an unprecedented speed. While businesses and workers had been gradually shifting to remote work over the past two decades, the rapid acceleration of the trend through the pandemic represents the most drastic shift our workforce has seen in this century. As vaccines are rolled out across the country, employers are exploring return, remote, hybrid, and distributed workforce models.
Join the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and Upwork for a three-part series of conversations exploring the long-term impacts of this remote work experiment. Experts will discuss ways to harness the rise of remote work to advance a more equitable geography in the United States, boost American entrepreneurship and economic dynamism, and leverage public policy to smooth the transition for businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy.
Is the Rise of Remote Reshaping America’s Economic Geography? – (Session 1)
Wednesday, June 16th, 1-2 PM ET
This session will explore whether the shift to remote during the pandemic was temporary, or whether the “remote work revolution” is here to stay and can be harnessed to advance a more equitable geography in the United States. What are the implications of this shift for the U.S. economy and for our longstanding economic divides? What is needed to ensure that communities large and small can attract workers and build economies and communities for them to live, work, and gather for the long-term?
Revitalizing the Heartland: Public Policy Planning for the Rise of Remote – (Session 2)
Wednesday, June 30th, 1-2 pm ET
The rapid and unprecedented rise of remote work has spurred thousands of workers to relocate to more affordable heartland communities, and many more will potentially follow in their footsteps. This session will explore the critical role of public policy in smoothing this transition for businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy, including providing incentives to draw in workers, promoting broadband access, and spurring the development of co-working and “third spaces.”
Distribute for Dynamism: Harnessing Remote Work to Boost Entrepreneurship and the Economy – (Session 3)
Wednesday, July 14th, 1-2 pm ET
This session will explore the surprising and unprecedented surge in new business applications throughout the pandemic, and how the “remote work revolution” can be harnessed to boost entrepreneurship across the country and help to reinvigorate U.S. economic dynamism.
University of Toronto
New York University
Matthew E. Kahn
Johns Hopkins University
Kathryn de Wit
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Christopher T. Stanton
Harvard Business School
Greetje (Gretta) Corporaal
University of Oxford