The False Promise of the Sharing Economy

D McKee, F Makela & T Scassa, (eds) Law and the “Sharing Economy”: Regulating Online Market Platforms (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press 2018)

19 Pages Posted: 17 May 2018

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Harry W. Arthurs

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

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Date Written: May 2, 2018

Abstract

A brief review of historical antecedents and contemporary examples of genuine sharing demonstrates that what we currently call “the sharing economy” is misleadingly named. Its disruptive effects on labour and non-labour markets is reviewed and possible strategies are suggested for resolution of the “classification problem” (are Uber drivers “employees”? is AirBnB accommodation a “hotel”?). Finally, the broader issues of political economy raised by the advent of the sharing economy are canvassed — including whether capitalism can survive the dislocations this new technology-driven, regulation-subverting approach to the provision of goods and services is inflicting on consumers, workers and small enterprises.

Keywords: Sharing economy, labor, employment, regulation

JEL Classification: J, O

Suggested Citation

Arthurs, Harry W., The False Promise of the Sharing Economy (May 2, 2018). D McKee, F Makela & T Scassa, (eds) Law and the “Sharing Economy”: Regulating Online Market Platforms (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3172394

Harry W. Arthurs (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
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