Measuring the ‘Gig’ Economy: Challenges and Options

38 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019

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Lynn Riggs

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Isabelle Sin

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Dean Hyslop

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Date Written: November 21, 2019

Abstract

The increase in internet-based services has raised policy interest in gig work, which is work done outside formal employer-employee relationships. Given the dearth of information about the nature and magnitude of gig work and the extent of its growth in New Zealand, it is unclear whether current regulatory institutions adequately regulate it. There is also concern among policymakers about the effect of gig work on the financial stability of gig workers. In this paper we provide a New Zealand-specific typology for identifying gig work, and discuss conceptual and practical issues related to measuring it. We describe how existing New Zealand data can be used to learn more about gig work and make suggestions for improving its measurement in the future.

Keywords: Gig work, Gig economy

JEL Classification: J21, J40, J46, J81, J83, J88

Suggested Citation

Riggs, Lynn and Sin, Isabelle and Hyslop, Dean R., Measuring the ‘Gig’ Economy: Challenges and Options (November 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492834 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3492834

Lynn Riggs (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

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Isabelle Sin

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Dean R. Hyslop

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand

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