Smart-working: Work Flexibility Without Constraints
Working paper n°: 137
Unit: Dondena Gender Initiative
Author(s): Marta Angelici , Paola Profeta,
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.
Marta Angelici, Bicocca University and Dondena
Paola Profeta, Bocconi University and Dondena