Public interests in the sharing and gig economy (Publieke belangen in de deel- en kluseconomie)

The success of Airbnb and Uber has given rise to a public debate about the pros and cons of online sharing and gig platforms. This article reports on five case studies of platforms operating in car sharing (SnappCar), home sharing (Airbnb), home restaurants (Airdnd), ride hailing (UberPop) and cleaning (Helpling). The article then puts the sharing and gig economy into a historical perspective to highlight that the platforms build on pre-existing social practices. and presents a policy framework based on four basic policy options: enforce existing regulations, enact new regulations, deregulate, or tolerate.

Frenken, K., Van Waes, A., Smink, M. and Van Erst, R. (2018), 'Public interests in the sharing and gig economy (Publieke belangen in de deel- en kluseconomie)', Mens en Maatschappij, 93(3), pp. 211-230.


  • Uber, Airbnb, Helpling, Airdnd
  • household tasks, transport, accommodation
  • On-location platform-determined routine work, On-location client-determined moderately skilled work
  • Netherlands
  • 2018
  • Research publication
  • challenges, legal issues
  • Dutch
  • Mens en Maatschappij (Publisher)
  • Qualitative research
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