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Authors:

  • William Kerr

Excerpt

Diasporas and Outsourcing: Evidence from oDesk and India. William R. Kerr, August 26, 2013, Paper. "This study examines the role of the Indian diaspora in the outsourcing of work to India. Our data are taken from oDesk, the world's largest online platform for outsourced contracts, where India is the largest country in terms of contract volume. We use an ethnic name procedure to identify ethnic Indian users of oDesk in other countries around the world. We find very clear evidence that diaspora-based links matter on oDesk, with ethnic Indians in other countries 32% (9 percentage points) more likely to choose a worker in India.." Link Verified October 11, 2014