Collaborative economy and platform work: realities and challenges (Economía colaborativa y trabajo en plataforma: realidades y desafíos.)

This is a study focusing on the platform economy. The introductory part analyses the renewed role that social economy entities could play in the field of self-employment, with a particular focus on cooperatives. It highlights the relevant aspects of cooperatives’ operation, in order to check to what extent they can protect the self-employed and are differ from other cooperative models, such as invoicing cooperatives. The second part discusses the challenges in economic and labour law to better regulate platform economy. The third part analyses different types of digital platforms, as well as their effects on the real economy and on their users. The last part analyses various problems posed by the experience of the Uber platform in different countries, identifying the key solutions to resolving this issue within the current regulatory framework.

Rodríguez-Piñero Royo, M., Hernández-Bejarano, M., Patiño Rodríguez, D., Gómez-Álvarez Díaz, R., Lázaro Sánchez, J. L., Aguilar del Castillo, M. D. C., & Calvo Gallego, F. J. (2017). ‘Economía colaborativa y trabajo en plataforma: realidades y desafíos’, Bomarzo, Albacete, Spain.


  • Research publication
  • Spain
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Uber
  • employment status, platform characteristics and business model, platform cooperatives, social protection
  • Spanish
  • 2017
  • Open access
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