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October 2013Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda
with Ajay Agrawal, John Horton, Nicola Lacetera: w19525
Online contract labor globalizes traditionally local labor markets, with platforms that enable employers, most of whom are in high-income countries, to more easily outsource tasks to contractors, primarily located in low-income countries. This market is growing rapidly; we provide descriptive statistics from one of the leading platforms where the number of hours worked increased 55% from 2011 to 2012, with the 2012 total wage bill just over $360 million. We outline three lines of inquiry in this market setting that are central to the broader digitization research agenda: 1) How will the digitization of this market influence the distribution of economic activity (geographic distribution of work, income distribution, distribution of work across firm boundaries)?; 2) What is the magnitude and...
September 2013Digitization and the Contract Labor Market: A Research Agenda
with Ajay Agrawal, John Horton, Nicola Lacetera
in Economics of Digitization, Avi Goldfarb, Shane Greenstein, and Catherine Tucker, editors

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