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Title: The Gender Wage Gap on an Online Labour Market: The Cost of Interruptions

Author(s): Abigail Adams

Publication Date: January 2020

Keyword(s): Flexibility, Gender Difference, Gig economy, Multitasking and Telework

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: This paper analyses gender differences in working patterns and wages on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Using information on 2 million tasks, I find no gender difference in task selection nor experience on the platform. Nonetheless, women earn 20% less per hour on average.  Half of this gap is explained by differences in the scheduling of work; women have more fragmented work patterns with consequences for their task completion speed. A follow up survey shows that the wage gap is concentrated amongst women with young children, who also report that domestic responsibilities affect their ability to plan and complete work online.

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Adams, A. 2020. 'The Gender Wage Gap on an Online Labour Market: The Cost of Interruptions '. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=14294