Dr Fabian Stephany
Departmental Research Lecturer
Fabian is a Departmental Research Lecturer in AI & Work at the Oxford Internet Institute.
The figure shows a cross-country comparison of online labour demand from the United States, Germany, and South Korea. Each country shows a distinct pattern. South Korea was one of the first economies that had to face the consequences of COVID-19 early in 2020. 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.
Given the particularly clear drop in demand for online labour from the United States, we are interested in how this drop may vary across different types of work, which we will explore further in our upcoming research contribution.