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Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows

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  • John Horton
  • William R. Kerr
  • Christopher Stanton

Digital labor markets are rapidly expanding and connecting companies and contractors on a global basis. We review the environment in which these markets take root, the micro- and macro-level studies of their operations, their ongoing evolution and recent trends, and perspectives for undertaking research with micro-data from these labor platforms. We undertake new empirical analyses of Upwork data regarding 1) the alignment of micro- and macro-level approaches to disproportionate ethnic-connected exchanges on digital platforms, 2) gravity model analyses of global outsourcing contract flows and their determinants for digital labor markets, and 3) quantification of own- and cross-country elasticities for contract work by wage rate. Digital labor markets are an exciting frontier for global talent flows and growing rapidly in importance.

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Date of creation: May 2017
Publication status: Forthcoming: Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows , John Horton, William R. Kerr, Christopher Stanton. in High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences , Hanson, Kerr, and Turner. 2017
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  1. Edward Lazear & Kathryn Shaw & Christopher Stanton, 2015. "Who Gets Hired? The Importance of Finding an Open Slot," NBER Chapters,in: Firms and the Distribution of Income: The Roles of Productivity and Luck National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  4. William R. Kerr, 2013. "Heterogeneous Technology Diffusion and Ricardian Trade Patterns," Harvard Business School Working Papers 14-039, Harvard Business School.
  5. Alan S. Blinder & Alan B. Krueger, 2013. "Alternative Measures of Offshorability: A Survey Approach," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 31(S1), pages 97-128.
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