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Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy

Jeremias Prassl

Abstract

The rise of the gig economy is disrupting business models across the globe. Platforms’ digital work intermediation has had a profound impact on traditional conceptions of the employment relationship. The completion of ‘tasks’, ‘gigs’, or ‘rides’ in the (digital) crowd fundamentally challenges our understanding of work in modern labour markets: gone are the stable employment relationships between firms and workers, replaced by a world in which everybody can be ‘their own boss’ and enjoy the rewards—and face the risks—of independent businesses. Is this the future of work? What are the benefits a ... More

Keywords: gig economy, future of work, disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, labour market, on-demand economy, employment law, platforms, precarious work, algorithmic surveillance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797012.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremias Prassl, author
Associate Professor and Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford

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