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.

Advances in information technology have given rise to massive online labor markets populated by millions of freelance contractors around the globe. Today, anyone with an internet connection can hire contractors from these markets for...

The Timbro Sharing Economy Index is the first global index of the sharing economy. The index has been compiled using traffic volume data and scraped data, and provides a unique insight into the driving factors behind the peer-to-peer...

The sharing economy has generated controversy for its effects on labor conditions, wages and the distributions of income and wealth. In this paper we present evidence for a previously unrecognized effect: increased income inequality...

27 August 2018 (San Francisco) — Since Uber started a self-driving car program in 2015, it has insisted on developing its own driverless technology and operating its own fleet of autonomous vehicles. Now the ride-hailing company is...

15 June 2018 - The 'decent' decree. All platforms will have to treat their workers as employees with the right to disconnect.

With the term crowd sourcing, Jeff Howe in 2006 described the then new trend of outsourcing previously internally completed tasks over the internet to an unlimited amount of potential contributors (the ’crowd’). To do this, companies...

Estimating consumer surplus is challenging because it requires identification of the entire demand curve. We rely on Uber’s “surge” pricing algorithmand the richness of its individual level data to first estimate demand elasticities at...

25 July 2018 - Minicab drivers protest the Mayor and Transport for London at City Hall today July 25th from 10:30am Drivers demand worker rights and protection of the Mayor from exploitation by Uber, Addison Lee and others. Precarious...

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 (...

Online workers were, and often still are, not covered by employment law or collective agreements. They seldom have access to social security, paid leave, training etc. owing to the simple fact that the platforms regularly require...

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