Shaping Individual Preferences for Social Protection: The Case of Platform Workers

35 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2019

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Francesco Bogliacino

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics

Valeria Cirillo

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa

Cristiano Codagnone

Università degli studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Estudis de Ciències de la Informació i de la Comunicació

Marta Fana

European Union - European Commission Joint Research Center

Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Giuseppe Alessandro Veltri

University of Trento

Date Written: May 22, 2019

Abstract

Workers who perform their occupations through platforms are becoming an increasing share of the labour force. The debate is polarized between those arguing for platforms as an instrument to increase flexibility and labour force participation, and those who see it as a further mechanism to increase Non-Standard Work (NSW). This debate is policy relevant because in either case, platform participation is associated with a difference in terms of willingness to contribute to the social security system. Nevertheless, the evidence is scant because we lack reliable data sources. In this contribution, we use a dedicated survey to estimate Willingness to Pay (WTP) for social security and estimate the causal impact of platform participation using a selection on observable strategy. We found that platform workers are less disposed to contribute to social security, although the perception of accessibility and adequacy are not affected. Results are robust to specifications and multiple hypotheses testing.

Keywords: employment, preferences, work, economic behaviour

JEL Classification: J32, J40, C21

Suggested Citation

Bogliacino, Francesco and Cirillo, Valeria and Codagnone, Cristiano and Fana, Marta and Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Francisco and Veltri, Giuseppe Alessandro, Shaping Individual Preferences for Social Protection: The Case of Platform Workers (May 22, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3397644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3397644

Francesco Bogliacino (Contact Author)

National University of Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 30 Calle 45 Ciudad Universitaria
Bogotá
Colombia

Valeria Cirillo

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa ( email )

Biblioteca Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Piazza Martiri della Liberta, n. 33
Pisa, 56127
Italy

Cristiano Codagnone

Università degli studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche ( email )

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Estudis de Ciències de la Informació i de la Comunicació ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

Marta Fana

European Union - European Commission Joint Research Center

Edificio Expo C
Inca Garcilaso, s/n
Sevilla, Sevilla E-41092
Spain

Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Rambla Poble Nou, 156
Barcelona, Barcelona 08018
Spain

Giuseppe Alessandro Veltri

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

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