Little jobs. This way the 'sharing economy' makes us all poorer (Lavoretti. Così la «sharing economy» ci rende tutti più poveri)

L' as in 'little jobs'. Underpaid jobs at Uber, Airbnb and other platforms that disguise their miseries behind the tale of modernity. The risk is to deliver us a future without welfare. The question from which this book starts is: why suddenly, has it become necessary to round up? Staglianò tells the progressive and so far unrelenting erosion of work. Since the eighties, the value of work has begun to degrade with respect to capital and since then the fall has never stopped. The author’s account identifies the main junctions of this decline, from Reagan's steel fist against flight controllers to Thatcher's war to the unions. From delocalisation to the proliferation of atypical contracts. From automation that entrusts to machines what men used to do, up to the gig economy, other than sharing, which, under the mask of flexibility, is institutionalizing the ‘little jobs’, dismantling the society as we know it. Because Uber, Airbnb and others pay ludicrous taxes in countries where they produce wealth, impoverishing them further and forcing them to a future without welfare, unless we take radical countermeasures. That will increase the need for the little jobs to make ends meet, going in a downward spiral. 

Staglianò, R. (2018). Lavoretti. Così la «sharing economy» ci rende tutti più poveri. Einaudi.


  • Other
  • Italy
  • Yes
  • Airbnb, Uber
  • income, work intensity, working time quality, work-life balance
  • Italian
  • Einaudi (Publisher)
  • 2018
  • Open access
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