Digital platforms at work. Champagne or cocktail of risks?

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Based on a large-scale randomised survey, this article examines the scope of digital platforms and the potential linkages between distinct platforms (labour and capital platforms) and individuals’ exposure to precariousness. Our analysis demonstrates that the scope and size of income generated via digital platforms remains limited and online income is typically a supplement rather than the main income source. Secondly, the characteristics of individuals accruing income from capital as opposed to labour platforms differ. Labour platforms like Uber often attract low-skilled workers, migrants, unemployed and young people, whilst highly educated workers often with a high-income and strong ties to the labour market, are active on capital platforms like Airbnb. We argue that these differences influence individuals’ exposure to precariousness, as they indicate the ability by each individual to compensate for the less or non-regulated online setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of the Sharing Economy on Business and Society : Digital Transformation and the Rise of Platform Businesses
EditorsAbbas Strømmen-Bakhtiar, Evgueni Vinogradov
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date30 Jan 2020
ISBN (Electronic) 9780429293207
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2020

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