Telecommuting won’t fix snow woes
Boston Globe - 02/12/2015
When I called Barry Bluestone on Tuesday (to interview him for a different column), he was at home getting work done — responding to e-mails and so on. That’s what you’d expect from a Northeastern University economist who’s written extensively on issues affecting the local labor market. Nevertheless, Bluestone argued that telecommuting has been oversold and listed an array of jobs that can’t be done from the kitchen table. “Doctors are not yet ready,” he said, “to do emergency surgery by computer.” Workers who cut hair or operate manufacturing equipment can’t work remotely, either.