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Shivani Taneja

Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Shivani Taneja is a Research Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham. She has previously worked as a Teaching Associate in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, as a Research Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Surrey and as a Research Associate in Environmental Economics at the University of Manchester. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex and her thesis focused on topics in labour economics.

Expertise Summary

Shivani's research interests are in labour economics, energy economics, microeconomics and applied econometrics. Her work involves working with large scale survey data and applying econometric techniques.

Research Summary

I am working with Paul Mizen and Nicholas Bloom on how the Covid-19 pandemic is changing attitudes towards working from home in the United Kingdom. We collected data from a new online survey of 5,000… read more

Current Research

I am working with Paul Mizen and Nicholas Bloom on how the Covid-19 pandemic is changing attitudes towards working from home in the United Kingdom. We collected data from a new online survey of 5,000 working age employees in January and February 2021. The results indicate that around half of the workers are working from home at present. Furthermore, the anticipated working pattern after the pandemic is that that workers will work two days a week from home. These findings are reported in Working from home is revolutionising the UK labour market

We further collected data in March and April 2021 and examined the future of commuting to work. The results suggest that 61% of working age employees were commuting to work five days a week before the pandemic. However, after Covid-19, workers are likely to prefer to avoid commuting, or travel only two or three days a week. These findings are reported in The future of commuting to work

From the new survey data collected in May 2021, we find evidence that working adults are hesitant to return to the office after the pandemic, and prefer to work two or three days a week from home. Analysing the days of work, most employees prefer not to come in on Monday and Friday if given a choice, and would prefer to work in the office on Wednesday. These findings are reported in Returning to the office will be hard

Using the October 2021 update of the WFH survey, we compare online meeting efficiency to in-person meeting efficiency. Our results show that small teams are more efficient meeting online and teams of 10+ people are more efficient meeting in-person. Demographic factors also have an impact, i.e. females and more educated working adults are shown to be more efficient meeting online. The quality of home internet quality also matters. These findings are reported in Comparing online to in-person meetings

Working Papers:

De Fraja, Gianni and Matheson, Jesse and Mizen, Paul and Rockey, James Charles and Taneja, Shivani and Thwaites, Gregory, COVID Reallocation of Spending: The Effect of Remote Working on the Retail and Hospitality Sector (December 2, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3982122

Presentations:

Zoomshock: The consequences for retail and hospitality, Low Pay Commission Annual Research Symposium, 2 September 2021, with Gianni De Fraja, Jesse Matheson Paul Mizen, James Rockey, Gregory Thwaites. For more details, see Zoomshock: The consequences for retail and hospitality

Media:

Morning Brew, January 2022

https://www.morningbrew.com/hr/stories/online-or-irl-when-it-comes-to-meetings-size-matters

Atlantico, (in French), January 2022

https://www.atlantico.fr/article/decryptage/reunion-en-visio-ou-en-presentiel---les-cles-du-match

University of Nottingham Press Release, December 2021

city-centres-could-lose-3-billion-due-to-permanent-changes-caused-by-covid-19

The Times, April 2021

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pluses-and-minuses-of-the-return-to-business-as-usual

The Guardian, March 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/research-working-from-home

Future Research

Determinants of Household Energy Expenditure in the United Kingdom, with Filip Mandys (submitted)

The Impact of Disaggregated Information and Communication Technologies on Industrial Energy Demand, with Filip Mandys (submitted)

The Impacts of Digital Technologies on OECD Energy Demand, with Mona Chitnis and Steven Sorrell

Demand for Differentiated Products in the UK Automobile Market: Evidence from the Discrete-Choice Random-Coefficient Model, with Filip Mandys

Recent Conference Presentations:

Estimating the Historical Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Industrial Energy Demand, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Conference, 8 June 2021, with Mona Chitnis and Steven Sorrell. For more details, see IAEE conference 2021.

The Impacts of Digital Technologies on OECD Energy Demand, British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) Conference, 14 September 2021, with Mona Chitnis and Steven Sorrell.

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