Gig Economy

A curated mix of articles on the gig economy.

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Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020

Better work in the gig economy

Enabling gig workers to live with financial security, dignity and dreams.

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020

How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

To participate in services like Airbnb, you have to expose yourself.

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020

I Lost My Life to Airbnb

Obsessively renting out my home was the only way I could make it in the gig economy. When I found myself sleeping on the subway, I realized I’d gone too far.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The Passion Economy and the Future of Work

These stories are indicative of a larger trend: call it the “creator stack” or the “enterprization of consumer.” Whereas previously, the biggest online labor marketplaces flattened the individuality of workers, new platforms allow anyone to monetize unique skills. Gig work isn’t going anywhere—but there are now more ways to capitalize on creativity. Users can now build audiences at scale and turn their passions into livelihoods, whether that’s playing video games or producing video content.

Monday, Sep 16, 2019

California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees

California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure.

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019

The 'microworkers' making your digital life possible

There are no official numbers for how many microworkers there are, but tens of thousands are estimated to work on Amazon’s MTurk every month, with up to 2,500 being active at any given time - mostly in the US and India.

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

California is cracking down on the gig economy

California just took a major step in rewriting the rules of the gig economy. The state Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would make it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors instead of employees, a common practice that has allowed businesses to skirt state and federal labor laws. The bill will now go to the state Senate.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Affluent Homeless: A Sleeping Pod, A Hired Desk And A Handful Of Clothes

More young people are leaning into the rental or sharing economy — owning less of everything and renting and sharing a whole lot more. Housing, cars, music, workspaces.

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

The Sharing Economy Was Always a Scam

‘Sharing’ was supposed to save us. Instead, it became a Trojan horse for a precarious economic future.

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019

How Estimates of the Gig Economy Went Wrong

Rise in nontraditional work arrangements was more modest than originally estimated, a new paper says.

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019

I’m a gig worker. I understand why you don’t give me benefits. But please do.

Alternative work. Contingent work. The gig economy. The world in which I live, floating from gig to gig, unable to gain a solid financial footing, is one without pay raises or basic benefits.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

High score, low pay: why the gig economy loves gamification

Using ratings, competitions and bonuses to incentivise workers isn’t new – but as I found when I became a Lyft driver, the gig economy is taking it to another level.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Gig-Economy Workers Are the Modern Proletariat

Reports from the International Labor Organization and the JPMorgan Chase Institute describe the plight of different kinds of gig-economy workers who struggle to make even their countries’ minimum wage toiling for giant tech platforms.

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

When the whole world is fighting for the same jobs, what happens to workers?

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018

The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth

Hype about the “gig economy” aside, Americans are becoming more attached to their jobs and communities, not less.

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2018

Maybe the Gig Economy Isn’t Reshaping Work After All

You can see the gig economy everywhere but in the statistics.

Monday, Jun 25, 2018

How the growing gig economy is making life harder for North American workers

A journalist argues the new climate has led to people without things like unemployment insurance, retirement savings and a feeling of security.

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

Everything we thought we knew about the gig economy is wrong

The share of people working in “alternative” work arrangements, an important government measure of the prevalence of “gig” work, is shrinking rather than rising, according to newly released BLS data.

Monday, Mar 12, 2018

Thriving in the Gig Economy

To learn what it takes to be successful in independent work, we recently completed an in-depth study of 65 gig workers. We found remarkably similar sentiments across generations and occupations: All those we studied acknowledged that they felt a host of personal, social, and economic anxieties without the cover and support of a traditional employer—but they also claimed that their independence was a choice and that they would not give up the benefits that came with it.

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Being on your own in the workforce often means you don’t have the safety net of benefits and other forms of support that traditional workers do. And the toll isn’t just financial, but physical and emotional too.