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“Not a Lot of People Know Where It Is”: Liabilities of Origin in Online Contract Work

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Apart from conventional outsourcing and offshoring between firms, work is now also sourced from individuals working as online contractors through platforms such as Odesk. We examine what implications this new form of organizing has to the nature of the work, focusing on how online contractors’ geographic origin influences their labour market outcomes. Online contracting could potentially greatly increase the earnings of sufficiently skilled workers in low-income countries. We document that th...

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Accepted manuscript

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Oxford, SSD, Oxford Internet Institute
Lehdonvirta, V More by this author
Barnard, H More by this author
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NYU Stern School of Business Publisher's website
Publication date:
2016
Acceptance date:
2016-05-01
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pubs:644275
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uri:8f0b225b-e6d6-4539-a6f2-0b30d8de488a
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uuid:8f0b225b-e6d6-4539-a6f2-0b30d8de488a
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