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.

Coined shortly after the financial crisis in 2009, the so-called “gig economy” or “sharing economy” refers to the growing cadre of companies like Airbnb, Lyft, and TaskRabbit—platforms that employ temporary workers who provide a wide...

3 March 2018 - An increasing number of citizens order food in the internet. Thousands of couriers deliver it. Their work is risky, they do not earn much. Now the drivers start to stand up against their employers. (German: 3 März 2018 -...

A technologically driven new organization of work has changed employment relations in a way unimaginable a decade ago. My findings demonstrate that gig work has profound but different roles in worker career strategies. In this project,...

19 March 2018 - The transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for a strike of drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola starting today. The strike has been called by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena which has...

I’ve never held a job where I could feel secure in my position. From my two decades as entrepreneur to precarious contract gigs at large companies, I’ve faced having no income at all time and time again. Yet it wasn’t until I began to...

11 October 2016 - The fact that they are poorly paid or referred to virtual reality does not justify an arrogant attitude towards Foodora’s couriers: Delivery is a job and should be treated as such. (Italian: Il fatto che siano attività...

This is the first in a series of four planned reports investigating the frequency of “crowdworking” in Germany. The present study is based on a continuous online survey conducted by the Berlin-based online survey firm Civey GmbH. The...

We perform a detailed analysis of Uber and Lyft ride-hailing driver economics by pairing results from a survey of over 1100 drivers with detailed vehicle cost information. Results show that per hour worked, median profit from driving is...

While Amazon's Mechanical Turk (AMT) helped launch the paid crowd work industry eight years ago, many new vendors now offer a range of alternative models. Despite this, little crowd work research has explored other platforms. Such near-...

On-demand labor platforms offer many in-person services, from ride-hailing to childcare. However, scholars have focused on ride-hailing, leading to a model of “Uberization” that entails the informalization of work. We argue that online...

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