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The gender wage gap in an online labour market: the cost of interruptions

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This paper analyses gender differences in working patterns and wages on Amazon Mechanical Turk, a popular online labour platform. Using information on 2 million tasks, I find no gender differences in task selection nor experience. Nonetheless, women earn 20% less per hour on average. Gender differences in working patterns are a statistically and economically significant driver of this wage gap. Women are more likely to interrupt their working time on the platform with consequences for their t...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
Oxford college:
New College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
University of Oxford Publisher's website
Article number:
944
Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Publication date:
2021-06-30
Paper number:
944
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1191577
Local pid:
pubs:1191577
Deposit date:
2021-08-18

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