Teleworking and housing demand

Rainer Schulz* (Corresponding Author), Verity Watson, Martin Wersing

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The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the trend towards teleworking. Many predicted that this would shift housing demand to the suburbs and homes with the potential for high quality office space. We examine these predictions using a survey of the working age population who live in the private housing sector. The majority in the sector are happy with their current home, but new teleworkers who plan to continue to do so—accounting for one fifth of the population—are characterised by a higher intention to move. Consistent with predictions, these teleworkers value a high quality home office more than others and are prepared to live further away from the centre to find it.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103915
Number of pages13
JournalRegional Science and Urban Economics
Early online date3 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

Open Access via the Elsevier agreement
We are grateful to the two anonymous referees and Gabriel Ahlfeldt (the editor) for their detailed comments and suggestions, which helped to improve the paper. We thank Tim Bolt, Luis Loría, Axel Werwatz and seminar participants at the AREUEA International Conference, the University of Aberdeen and the TU Berlin for helpful comments. We are grateful to the Centre of Real Estate Research and the Health Economics Research Unit of the University of Aberdeen for financial support that made the online survey possible. The usual disclaimer applies.

Rainer Schulz: Conceptualisation, Methodology, Software, Validation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Writing. Verity Watson: Conceptualisation, Methodology, Software, Validation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Writing. Martin Wersing: Conceptualisation, Methodology, Software, Validation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Data curation, Writing.

Data Availability Statement

The data that has been used is confidential.


  • Teleworking
  • Working from home
  • Hurdle model
  • Semiparametric choice model


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