Crowdwork for young people: Risks and opportunities

Niall O'Higgins, Luis Pinedo Caro
What is it?

This ILO Working Paper focusus on crowdworking, which has emerged as a small but rapidly growing source of employment and income principally for young(er) people. It builds on previous work in identifying the determinants of crowdworkers’ earnings, specifically the reasons why young crowdworkers earn significantly higher hourly wages than their older counterparts.

Please follow the link to the ILO Working Paper: Crowdwork for young people: Risks and opportunities and the Presentation

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Young crowdworkers earn significantly higher hourly wages than their older counterparts due to the higher returns to experience accruing to younger crowd-workers.
  • Educational attainment does not explain this age-based differential, as education is a negligible factor in determining crowdworkers’ earnings.
  • Young women earn around 20% less than their male counterparts despite blind hiring, which is partly explained by constraints on working time faced by women with children.

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