The brief’s key findings are:
- As the economy reopens, older workers – who are more at risk from COVID-19 – may be the last to return to work.
- The analysis, building on recent research, explores how many of these older workers can work from home.
- Perhaps surprisingly, older workers are as well situated as younger workers in terms of having “work from home” jobs.
- However, only about 45 percent of all older workers are in such jobs, and they tend to be those with higher earnings and more education.
- As a result, many of the most vulnerable older workers will face either the health risk of returning to work too early or the economic risk of running out of money.