Collaborative business models and efficiency: Potential efficiency gains in the European Union

The paper examines whether there are efficiency gains in the collaborative economy by carrying out a comparative analysis of the business model of a collaborative platform and a traditional enterprise providing broadly the same service. Second, given the efficiency gains realized in the collaborative economy, the growth trajectories of a US-based and of a European collaborative platform are compared in order to single out potential barriers arising in the EU environment. Based on these barriers, policy recommendations are provided that could foster the growth of collaborative platforms and thereby the realization of efficiency gains.

Cologne Institute for Economic Research (2016), 'Collaborative business models and efficiency: Potential efficiency gains in the European Union,' Impulse paper No. 07 for European Commission, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs DG.

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  • English
  • Cologne Institute for Economic Research (Research institute)
  • Qualitative research
  • Open access
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