Labor and the Sharing Economy

BY ANDERS FREMSTAD | September/October 2016

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Eric Auchard, Now roughly equal in value, Uber and Daimler trade gentle blows, Reuters, June 8, 2016; Jonathan Hall and Alan Krueger, An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States, Jan. 22, 2015; Emily Guendelsberger, I was an undercover Uber driver, My City Paper: New York, May 7, 2015; Arun Sundararajan, The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism (MIT Press, 2016); Mechanical Turk website; Judd Cramer and Alan B. Krueger, Disruptive Change in the Taxi Business: The Case of Uber, The American Economic Review, Volume 106, Number 5, May 2016, pp. 177-182(6); Tom Slee, What‘s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy (OR Books, 2016); Alan B. Krueger and Seth D. Harris, A proposal for modernizing labor laws for 21st century work: The ‘independent worker’, Brookings Institution, Dec. 8, 2015; Dean Baker, The sharing economy needs a public option," Al Jazeera America, March 30, 2015; Mike Konczal, Socialize Uber: It’s Easier Than You Think, The Nation, Dec. 10. 2014; Anders Fremstad, Harvesting the Potential of the Sharing Economy, Center for Popular Economics, April 13, 2015.

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