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Eric Bogert, Primary AuthorFollow

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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Some workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) are dependent on income from AMT to pay for their basic needs. This could create two countervailing forces. Workers have incentives to work quickly, to maximize their income. However, if workers work too quickly, resulting in poor quality, they won't have access to the highest paying tasks on the platform. This is a feature of work that is paid per-task, rather than per-hour. This paper investigates whether workers who are financially dependent on income from Mechanical Turk produce work of different quality than workers who are not financially dependent on Mechanical Turk.

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Mechanical Turk and Financial Dependency on Crowdsourcing

Some workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) are dependent on income from AMT to pay for their basic needs. This could create two countervailing forces. Workers have incentives to work quickly, to maximize their income. However, if workers work too quickly, resulting in poor quality, they won't have access to the highest paying tasks on the platform. This is a feature of work that is paid per-task, rather than per-hour. This paper investigates whether workers who are financially dependent on income from Mechanical Turk produce work of different quality than workers who are not financially dependent on Mechanical Turk.