Analysis of Ecrime in Crowd-Sourced Labor Markets: Mechanical Turk Vs. Freelancer

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Executive Summary

Research in the economics of security has contributed more than a decade of empirical findings to the understanding of the microeconomics of (in) security, privacy, and ecrime. Here, the authors build on insights from previous macro-level research on crime, and microeconomic analyses of ecrime to develop a set of hypotheses to predict which variables are correlated with national participation levels in crowd-sourced ecrime. Some hypotheses appear to hold, e.g., Internet penetration, English literacy, size of the labor market, and government policy all are significant indicators of crowd-sourced ecrime market participation.

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