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.

Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

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17 September 2015 - (Berlin) Foodora, the Berlin-based company that offers delivery from restaurants, is merging with Delivery Hero’s similarly positioned Urban Taste to continue expanding across Europe, North America and Asia.

16 April 2018 - On 16 April 2018, an agreement establishing an SE Works Council in Delivery Hero was finally signed in Berlin, after months of tough negotiations. The agreement foresees that each country has at least one employee...

This study is based on a three-level methodological design which encompasses an expert survey in form of a workshop, a quantitative online survey and an ideas competition for crowd workers. Participants in the online survey were 165...

This paper examines how working in the global labour market of Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) impacts upon and is understood by two different groups of workers. To do this we report on two qualitative studies; one of US and another of...

On 11 April 2018, the district court of Pennsylvania granted summary judgement on the matter of whether drivers for UberBlack are independent contractors or employees. The plaintiffs brought individual and representative claims against...

The advent of the ‘gig’ economy has sparked a hotly contested debate about how on-demand, contracted employment will impact workers and society. At the heart of these debates are online labor markets such as Upwork (Elance- oDesk),...

23 January 2017 - In early October 2016, Italian media outlets ran extensive coverage of protests in Turin, where couriers working for the German food delivery company Foodora mobilized. For a country where industrial action is...

Martijn Arets, International Platform Expert, analyses the Copenhagen based platform Meploy as an example for firms to organize flexible work.

The traditional temporary employment sector has been helping to recruit and select suitable workers for decades. This is still largely done offline and by people. Today there are several online business models that digitise specific...

The use of customer ratings to evaluate worker performance is increasingly worrisome because of its widespread use in the gig-economy. As scholars in computer and social sciences denounce, this practice entails the risk of producing...