Behavioral Changes of MTurkers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

45 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2021

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Billur Aksoy

Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ian Chadd

Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Elif Osun

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Erkut Ozbay

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 26, 2021

Abstract

We study the changes in economic behaviors of Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) workers due to the COVID19 pandemic, and compare it to a pre-pandemic MTurker sample, a student sample, and a representative sample of the United States. We find that MTurkers during the pandemic behave differently than previous MTurkers in many contexts, even after accounting for changes in demographic composition. These MTurkers behave more similarly to a representative sample than a student sample. Additionally, we revisit gender differences in preferences and document fewer and smaller differences in many contexts. These results help contextualize online research conducted during the pandemic.

Keywords: Online Experiments, Economic Preferences, Gender, COVID-19 Pandemic

JEL Classification: C90, D90, D91

Suggested Citation

Aksoy, Billur and Chadd, Ian and Osun, Elif and Ozbay, Erkut, Behavioral Changes of MTurkers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (August 26, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3920502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3920502

Billur Aksoy

Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( email )

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Ian Chadd (Contact Author)

Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( email )

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Elif Osun

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Erkut Ozbay

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

College Park, MD 20742
United States

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