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Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows

John Horton, William Kerr () and Christopher Stanton

No 23398, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

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.

JEL-codes: F15 F22 F23 J15 J31 J44 L14 L24 L26 L84 M55 O31 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-05
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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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