Working from home: How COVID-19 could cause a new digital divide

Alexander Caiafas, a 25 year-old data analyst, is seen working through a window into his home in Ikoyi, as authorities around the world impose various guidelines on lockdowns and social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lagos, Nigeria May 25, 2020. When asked, what will you miss most about being in lockdown? Alexander replied: ' Spending quality time with relatives and parents because you know, thatÕs often hard to do. Secondly, I would say I miss speaking over the phone to close friends like on FaceTime, HouseParty, Zoom, all those kinds of applications'.  Picture taken May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja - RC2LXG98YSTW

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John K. Hurley
Enrique Fernández-Macías
Researcher, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Santo Milasi
Economist, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Martina Bisello
Research Officer, Eurofound
Matteo Sostero
Researcher, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
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Luxembourg has the highest percentage of employees in jobs that are teleworkable, from the EU27. Image: VoxEU
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