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There have been a lot of questions about the viability of cities amid the push for remote work. A new report from Citi and the University of Oxford turns that proposition on its head by noting that remote work could be offshored. The remaining innovation-led activity will, by necessity, have to be done in-person in offices that are located in cities.

The report finds that the potential for professional services jobs to be done remotely and cheaper overseas would be the start of a foundational shift in developed economies, where the future of work could be based on innovation, exploration and creative thinking. Those tasks require face-to-face interaction and geographic proximity.

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