The Platform Economy and the Disruption of the Employment Relationship

6 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016  

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Brian Fabo

Central European University (CEU); Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: July 14, 2016

Abstract

This policy brief considers the impact of online platforms on labour markets and on the employment relationship in particular. It discusses the importance of outsourcing platforms, arguing that the ‘collaborative economy’ used by the European Commission (EC) is a misleading concept, as the trend is in fact just an extension of the market mechanism.

The authors also propose concrete policies that would address the risks related to platform-mediated work.

Keywords: labour market; outsourcing; digitalisation; sharing economy; EU law; employment; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Drahokoupil, Jan and Fabo, Brian, The Platform Economy and the Disruption of the Employment Relationship (July 14, 2016). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 5/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809517

Jan Drahokoupil (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Brian Fabo

Central European University (CEU) ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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