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06 September 2018

Platforms are digital networks that coordinate transactions, both commercial, such as the provision of goods and services for payment, and non-commercial, such as volunteering activities or social media. The activity of platforms collectively is typically referred to as the platform economy. This economy began to emerge in Europe in the mid-2000s, driven by technological, economic and societal developments and is rapidly expanding in scale and scope. Out of it has emerged a new form of employment – platform work, defined as the matching of supply and demand for paid labour through an online platform.

What does platform work mean to you?

Platform work is expected to grow, but there is widespread concern about the quality of work and employment of the workers involved in it. Platform work is also clearly challenging existing regulatory and institutional frameworks, and its effects on the economy and society are uncertain. These issues have made platform work the subject of intensive discussion among policymakers and academics, who are exploring the characteristics of the platform economy, its potential effects and how to tackle the negative consequences it may have. Their work is generating a wealth of information, but it is challenging to stay abreast of research findings and initiatives.

Eurofound’s online repository aims to provide a solution by making information on the platform economy and platform work in Europe and beyond accessible in a user-friendly way. The different types of documents are organised into separate sections, and users can browse through the sections or use the search function to look for specific information. Users can also set up subscriptions and alerts to be notified about new publications on specific topics.

Platform economy dossiers

Platform economy database

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    The rise of digitally-mediated labor requires a deeper understanding of algorithmic management in work environments. The discourse surrounding the gig economy portrays platforms as lean, flexible and efficient. Gig-work companies...

    This is the first in a series of four planned reports investigating the frequency of “crowdworking” in Germany. The present study is based on a continuous online survey conducted by the Berlin-based online survey firm Civey GmbH. The...

    Starting from the Uber ruling of the Court of Justice of 20 December 2017 this paper tries to demonstrate how innovation in the gig economy or collaborative economy does not change the basic issues of labour law but rather...

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