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Productivity outcomes in online labor markets and within-task complexity and difficultly

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  • Mourelatos, Evaggelos
  • Giannakopoulos, Nicholas
  • Tzagarakis, Manolis

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We analyze the impact of within-task difficulty and complexity on workers' productivity in online labor markets. Using a randomized control quasi-experiment in AMT we are able to define the difficulty and complexity embodied in requested sub-tasks within a problem-solved task. We find that our productivity measures are negatively related to the difficulty and complexity of a specific sub-task. This finding is robust to several sources of workers' heterogeneity and to different pay schemes.

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  • Mourelatos, Evaggelos & Giannakopoulos, Nicholas & Tzagarakis, Manolis, 2020. "Productivity outcomes in online labor markets and within-task complexity and difficultly," GLO Discussion Paper Series 739, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
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    Keywords

    Productivity; Online Labor markets; Task Difficulty and Complexity;
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    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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