The pandemic depresses online labour markets, but some countries are bouncing back – insights from South Korea, Germany, and the United States

This article mainly explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on online labour markets in South Korea, Germany, and the United States. The cross-country comparison finds that each country has a distinct pattern. Demand from South Korea fell from mid-February to mid-March, but bounced back rapidly in late March. Demand from Germany similarly fell from February to March, and experienced a more modest rebound in April. Demand from the United States started falling roughly two weeks later than the demand from South Korea and Germany and by mid-April was showing only a small uptick. These patterns are consistent with the idea that the pandemic reached the United States later than it reached South Korea and Germany, and that South Korea in particular has already been able to roll back some of its countermeasures, or adjust to the new normal of online work.

Fabian S. (2020), ‘The pandemic depresses online labour markets, but some countries are bouncing back – insights from South Korea, Germany, and the United States’, the iLabour Project, 21 Apr.

Metadata

  • Article
  • Germany, Other, United States
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • COVID-19, employment gain, employment loss, income, worker demographics
  • English
  • the iLabour Project
  • Quantitative research
  • 2020
  • Open access
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