Give people paid holidays

Interview for The Economist, May 2021 Personal project

Since the beginning of the pandemic governments have been enforcing lockdowns to keep people at home and control the spread of the virus. For most families, it is hard to stop working without appropiate economic incentives, and, eventually, are forced to go back to their workplaces as soon as the lockdown is over. The key to finding a way of forcing people staying home while getting paid might be more familiar than what you think and it is (un)surprisingly effective: holidays. By analyzing Google's COVID mobility reports, I explored the patterns of time spent at work versus time spent in residential areas and found that holidays are the events that are most efficient at keeping people at home.