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.

Platform workers, such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats riders, are deemed as ‘essential workers’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they are usually engaged as self-employed contractors rather than employees, and therefore do not enjoy...

Platform work has always involved an asymmetry of risk between the worker and the platform, with the worker bearing most of the burden. Those asymmetries have been sharpened during the COVID-19 pandemic. While platform workers are...

The UK’s Deliveroo has confirmed that it is dismissing more than 350 staff, approximately 15% of its global headcount, due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, the firm does not reveal which types of roles are being eliminated or the...

The demand for take-outs has largely dropped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food delivery riders are struggling to make enough money to live off due to a lack of orders being made on apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo. According...

The economy is becoming ‘uberised’, while the new regulations appropriate to this new economy seems to be absent. The regulatory environment that surrounds businesses in the platform economy is often based upon principles and...

The platform economy – which refers to online companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and TaskRabbit – is increasing its lobbying presence in Brussels. Platform companies’ key concern is to maintain their special privileges as part...

As platform economy companies are spending more than ever on lobbying the EU, a new study shows how these companies, such as Uber and Airbnb, are fighting the regulation of their sector in Europe. ‘Uber Influential’ reveals lobbying...

This article examines the main public interests at stake with the rise of online platforms in the sharing economy and the gig economy. They do so by analysing platforms in five sectors in the Netherlands: domestic cleaning (Helpling),...

Airbnb was accused of hollowing out European city centres and competing unfairly with hotels. The main question is whether the services provided by Airbnb fell within the material scope of Directive 2000/31 and must be regarded as an ‘...

The European Court of Justice (‘the Court’) ruled that an intermediation service which, by means of an electronic platform, is intended to connect, for remuneration, potential guests with professional or non-professional hosts offering...

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