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"Monopsony and the Crowd: Labor for Lemons?"

by Kingsley, Sara; Gray, Mary-Louise; Suri, Siddharth (2014)

Abstract

Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) is an online labor market (OLM) where requesters ("employers") post tasks ("jobs") for workers to do for pay. We evaluate whether requesters on the platform have monopsony power and whether the platform is competitive or not in regards to labor.

Keywords

Crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing, Gendered Labour, Invisible Work, Peer Production, Microwork, Digital Labour, Turker, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon (Company), Control, Infrastructure Studies, Feminist Studies, Alienation, Crowdworkers, Monopsony

Themes

Digital Work, Capitalism, Digital Labour, Automation

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