Platform economy database

Eurofound’s platform economy database provides information on publications, articles, court cases, initiatives and other outputs related to platform work, or those forms of work that are organised and mediated through online platforms (websites and apps). This resource provides metadata for each entry, such as the name of the author, year of publication, whether it concerns an open access or subscription-based material, a brief description of the content and where available a web link to a source from which eligible users may access content.

The rapid growth of the platform economy in Europe has triggered much discussion about the future of employment rights. This report focuses on a particularly important subset of issues raised by the spread of platform work across...

This paper presents a case study of the food delivery platform, Deliveroo, in Belgium in 2016-2018. The case offers insights on the nature of platform work, the workers who perform it, the preferences of workers, the strategy of the...

An integrated theoretical framework for ideological production analysis is developed here to examine whether platform actors contribute to legitimizing, or competing effectively with capitalism as a mode of production. Digital...

29 March 2017 - In this article, sociologist Chris Yuill from the School of Applied Social Science at Aberdeen, discusses how 'health and wellbeing in the workplace has been an important area of study as the workplace health, and...

The ‘sharing economy’ is in the process of transforming numerous industries. Among these, the hotel sector is especially vulnerable to the strategic disruption that sharing platforms present. Companies such as Airbnb represent the...

Apps allowing passengers to hail and pay for taxi service on their phone- such as Uber and Lyft-have affected the livelihood of thousands of workers worldwide. In this paper we draw on interviews with traditional taxi drivers, rideshare...

The gig economy describes forms of contingent work arrange-ments that require digital platforms, representing an evolution in contingent work, both in moving up the educational scale and in increased visibility. It has engaged many...

Crowdsourcing is becoming recognized as a powerful tool that organizations can use in order to get work done, this by freelancers and non-employees. We conceptualize crowdsourcing as a subcategory of outsourcing, with compensated...

The advent of the collaborative economy is what economists call 'disruptive innovation' while some even talk of 'the fourth industrial revolution'. This revolution started in the US and is now making its way into the EU. The aim of the...

11 July 2018 - As France heads into the final of the World Cup, popular delivery platform workers are striking against what they call low wages and dangerous working conditions.

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