Worker demographics and earnings on amazon mechanical turk: An exploratory analysis

Kotaro Hara, Kristy Milland, Benjamin Vincent Hanrahan, Chris Callison-Burch, Abigail Adams, Saiph Savage, Jeffrey P. Bigham

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Prior research reported that workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) are underpaid, earning about $2/h. But the prior research did not investigate the difference in wage due to worker characteristics (e.g., country of residence). We present the first data-driven analysis on wage gap on AMT. Using work log data and demographic data collected via online survey, we analyse the gap in wage due to different factors. We show that there is indeed wage gap; for example, workers in the U.S. earn $3.01/h while those in India earn $1.41/h on average.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: May 4 2019May 9 2019

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NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

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Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period5/4/195/9/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Hara, K., Milland, K., Hanrahan, B. V., Callison-Burch, C., Adams, A., Savage, S., & Bigham, J. P. (2019). Worker demographics and earnings on amazon mechanical turk: An exploratory analysis. In CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [3312970] (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312970
Hara, Kotaro ; Milland, Kristy ; Hanrahan, Benjamin Vincent ; Callison-Burch, Chris ; Adams, Abigail ; Savage, Saiph ; Bigham, Jeffrey P. / Worker demographics and earnings on amazon mechanical turk : An exploratory analysis. CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 2019. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).
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Worker demographics and earnings on amazon mechanical turk : An exploratory analysis. / Hara, Kotaro; Milland, Kristy; Hanrahan, Benjamin Vincent; Callison-Burch, Chris; Adams, Abigail; Savage, Saiph; Bigham, Jeffrey P.

CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 2019. 3312970 (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

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Hara K, Milland K, Hanrahan BV, Callison-Burch C, Adams A, Savage S et al. Worker demographics and earnings on amazon mechanical turk: An exploratory analysis. In CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery. 2019. 3312970. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312970