Introduction: Crowdsourcing, the Gig-Economy and the Law

10 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2016

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Valerio De Stefano

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: April 20, 2016


The Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal is publishing a collection of papers on the gig-economy and labor law, edited by Valerio De Stefano (International Labour Office and Bocconi University). This collection, entitled “Crowdsourcing, the Gig-Economy and the Law”, gathers contributions from several labour lawyers and social scientists to provide a comprehensive analytical overview of work in the gig-economy, testing the validity of several assumptions underlying the general debate on platform-based work, and advancing policy options for labour and social protection of this work. Contributing authors are Antonio Aloisi, Janine Berg, Miriam Cherry, Valerio De Stefano, Matt Finkin, Lili Irani, Jeremias Prassl, Martin Risak, and Six Silberman. This article introduces this collection and gives an overview of the issues discussed by the authors.

Keywords: gig-economy, crowdwork, uberisation, casual work, platform-based work, fundamental principles and rights at work, sharing economy, 1099 economy

JEL Classification: J23, J42, J51, J58

Suggested Citation

De Stefano, Valerio, Introduction: Crowdsourcing, the Gig-Economy and the Law (April 20, 2016). Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2016, Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2767383, Available at SSRN:

Valerio De Stefano (Contact Author)

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