Benefits for Gig Workers

Challenge, 0:1-14, 2018

Posted: 28 Jun 2018

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2018


Broadly defined, the gig economy in the United States is large and growing, and many of its workers lack benefits. This article argues that all workers—whether they are working in the gig economy or traditional full-time employment—should receive benefits. It discusses the impact workers without benefits have on the economy, examines legal challenges brought by drivers in the gig economy alleging misclassification, and explores policy options for providing gig workers with benefits. Finally, the article concludes with a policy option of its own intended to increase fairness and curb abuse from employers attempting to game the system.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Benefits for Gig Workers (2018). Challenge, 0:1-14, 2018. Available at SSRN:

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