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 work comes in a variety of forms, but this article defines it as any paid work which is offered to or completed by a large group of people. Crowd work is the dirty secret of major corporations. It is a rising threat to economies...

Anyone who has ever felt trapped in a cubicle, annoyed by a micromanaging boss, or fed up with office politics has probably dreamed of leaving it all behind and going it alone. The intensifying demands of corporate life are making this...

Who performs the work in the on-demand economy? And what is it like, working for an algorithm? What do businesses such as Uber and Deliveroo contribute? Who finances their rapid growth? And if we can easily have everything we want...

Online outsourcing (OO) has become a promising alternative to traditional employment in today’s digital era. It has transformed where, when, and how work is performed. For workers, this form of outsourcing has created new opportunities...

Crowd work is a new form of work that is organised through online platforms, which is now becoming increasingly prevalent in Austria. The biggest problems facing crowd workers are: low remuneration, uncertain employment status leading...

One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This “gig economy”―one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits―emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech...

The authors make the points that the gig economy offers both good and bad jobs and opens new opportunities - but also exploits workers; although contingent workers are a small percentage of the overall workforce, the gig economy has...

Micro-task crowdsourcing fosters a labor relation in which large volumes of small, simple tasks are completed at low cost by self-selected online workers. The growth of micro-task crowdsourcing, characterized by apparently low...

This report presents the results of a survey carried out as part of a major research project entitled Digitalisation of Service. The overall objective of the project has been to investigate how employers and employees in private...

While employment through digital labour platforms remains small – estimates range from 0.5 per cent of the labour force in the United States (Farrell and Greig, 2016) to 5 per cent in Europe (European Parliament, 2017)1 – it is expected...

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