Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows

42 Pages Posted: 18 May 2017 Last revised: 8 Jun 2023

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John J. Horton

New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Christopher Stanton

Harvard University - Business School (HBS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Horton, John J. and Kerr, William R. and Stanton, Christopher, Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows (May 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23398, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968236

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