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.

While the rise of platforms allowing for the sale of goods by commercial parties was openly embraced by society, the rise of platforms such as Uber and Airbnb, allowing non-professionals to offer services, has given rise to quite some...

6 February 2018 - The amendments to the law by which the Ministry of Infrastructure would allow the arrival of Uber, are opposed by taxis, trade unions and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These parties are convinced that the...

The paper analyses American case law concerning the status of workers for platform economy firms such as Uber, Lyft, etc. It shows that these workers do not fall neatly into either the "employee" or the "independent contractor" category...

Does competition promote efficient platform pricing and market structures? We model imperfect platform competition using a new approach, Insulated Equilibrium (IE). Building on the observation that platforms often charge low prices to...

29 June 2018 - Human cloud food courier firm Deliveroo will pay a group of 50 of its riders a six-figure payout in a settlement over employment rights. The claim, brought forth by law firm Leigh Day, argued that the Deliveroo riders had...

4 July 2018 - A Milan employment judge, Giulia Dossi, has rejected the appeal of a former rider who asked to be recognised as a ’permanent employee‘ by Foodinho, a company owned by the Spanish ‘Glovo’ specialising in home deliveries. In...

The taxi and private hire industry is being transformed by disruptive technological change. There is growing acceptance among policymakers, industry representatives, and consumers that the regulatory framework that governs the taxi and...

The second contribution of the Dossier on the gig economy introduces the definition 'gig economy' (klusseneconomie) and describes the rise of gig economy platforms in the Netherlands. Further discussed will be two examples on the...

1 February 2016 - On Monday, Uber drivers organised a strike in front of the company's New York offices. They held signs and chanted slogans such as 'Uber is Wal-Mart on Wheels', to protest reduced UberX rates, that had dropped by 15...

This paper studies how the dynamic pricing of tasks in the “gig” economy influences the supply of labor. A large economic literature has explored labor supply when workers can flexibly choose how long to work each day. In a study of...

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