Behavioral Changes of MTurkers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
43 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2021 Last revised: 8 Feb 2022
Date Written: August 26, 2021
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
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