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.

Crowd employment platforms enable firms to source labour and expertise by leveraging Internet technology. Rather than offshoring jobs to low-cost geographies, functions once performed by internal employees can be outsourced to an...

A frequent belief is that the rise of the " sharing economy " has led to the displacement of workers in a wide range of traditional jobs. This paper examines the impacts of the flagship of the sharing economy—Uber—on workers employed in...

This article assesses the validity of many of the assumptions made about work in the on-demand economy and analyses whether proposals advanced for improving workers’ income security are sufficient for remedying current shortcomings. It...

This report presents the findings from research conducted into the gig economy for the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The study develops a working definition of the gig economy; provides an estimate...

This study reports the main finding of a qualitative research project based on 150 phone and face-to-face interviews with people working in the UK gig economy in 2017. They were primarily asked about their motivations for undertaking...

There are now an estimated 1.1 million people in Britain’s gig economy, which is nearly as many workers as in the National Health Service (NHS) England. Given this enormous potential for growth of the gig economy, the RSA set out to...

This online article advances some improvement proposals for the 'gig economy', with a focus on pay and working conditions. The suggestions are addressed not only to the “masters of algorithms,” but also to lawmakers, labor unions and,...

In the framework of the so-called “sharing economy”, the number of on-demand companies matching labour supply and demand is on the rise. These schemes may enlarge opportunities for people willing to find a job or to top up their...

Online contract labor globalizes traditionally local labor markets, with platforms that enable employers, most of whom are in high-income countries, to more easily outsource tasks to contractors, primarily located in low-income...

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