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.

7 September 2016 - In the bitter feud between tech firms and the taxi industry, drivers fight back with a killer app of their own: cooperative ownership. The largest taxi company in the Denver metro area is still mostly secret. On...

The sharing economy seemingly encompasses online peer-to-peer economic activities as diverse as rental (Airbnb), for-profit service provision (Uber), and gifting (Freecycle). The Silicon Valley success stories of Airbnb and Uber have...

In a ruling announced on 11 December 2015, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UBER Black business model violated competition law. A Berlin taxi operator had initially tried in vain to achieve through an express procedure that UBER B.V....

Uber manages a large, disaggregated workforce through its ridehail platform, one that delivers a relatively standardized experience to passengers while simultaneously promoting its drivers as entrepreneurs whose work is characterized by...

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...

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