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.

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 argues for the establishing of a minimum wage and social security payments for crowd workers and wonders why the same monitoring tools that are being used by platforms to evaluate the workers, cannot at the same time be...

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...

Sharing is an alternative form of distribution to commodity exchange and gift giving. Compared to these alternative modes, sharing can foster community, save resources, and create certain synergies. Yet outside of our immediate families...

The Internet has opened up a new era in sharing. There has also been an explosion of studies and writings about sharing via the Internet. This includes a series of books, articles, and web discussions on the topic. However, many of...

Sharing is a phenomenon as old as humankind, while collaborative consumption and the 'sharing economy' are phenomena born of the Internet age. This paper compares sharing and collaborative consumption and finds that both are growing in...

Global digital labor platforms – digital venues via which electronically transmittable service work is traded – are rapidly coming of age. Platforms like Freelancer and Upwork now boast several dozens of millions registered users and...

Digitisation is changing our society, our economy and our working world. This development is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or Work 4.0). It is certainly the case that the entire working world and...

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