Cognitive Performance in Remote Work - Evidence from Professional Chess

Steffen Künn, Christian Seel, Dainis Zegners

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional (offline) chess tournaments were prohibited and instead held online. We exploit this unique setting to assess the impact of remote–work policies on the cognitive performance of individuals. Using the artificial intelligence embodied in a powerful chess engine to assess the quality of chess moves and associated errors, we find a statistically and economically significant decrease in performance when an individual competes remotely versus offline in a face-to-face setting. The effect size decreases over time, suggesting an adaptation to the new remote setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1232
Number of pages15
JournalThe Economic Journal
Issue number643
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

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