Measuring the Impacts of Labor in the Platform Economy: New Work Created, Old Work Reorganized, and Value Creation Reconfigured

65 Pages Posted: 1 May 2019 Last revised: 29 Jul 2020

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Dafna Bearson

University of California, Berkeley

Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis

John Zysman

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: June 30, 2019

Abstract

Though economists have examined labor displacement due to digitization, few have considered the new work and value created. Studies of platforms invariably focus on specific organizational forms such as sharing or gigs. They build taxonomies based on the platform’s organization – few consider the scope and scale of platform-enabled value creation. We consider all of the platform-enabled value creation activities including old work displaced or reorganized to new work created. We apply our framework to the work generated by Etsy and Amazon publishing.

Keywords: Platform Economy, Technology, Work, Employment, Digitization

JEL Classification: J0, O1, O3

Suggested Citation

Bearson, Dafna and Kenney, Martin and Zysman, John, Measuring the Impacts of Labor in the Platform Economy: New Work Created, Old Work Reorganized, and Value Creation Reconfigured (June 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3363003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3363003

Dafna Bearson (Contact Author)

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Martin Kenney

University of California, Davis ( email )

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Davis, CA 95616
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John Zysman

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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