1What Is the Gig Economy Anyway?

News about the Gig Economy is everywhere these days. The world seems to be awash in studies and initiatives aimed at this new world of work. Politicians are talking about it, as are journalists, businesspeople, and policy makers. Interestingly, the discussions don’t always have a common thread. Here is a sampling of some recent headlines:

“Skilled Professionals Will Dominate the Gig Economy, Report Says” (David Williams, Small Business Trends, 3/17/16)

“The Entire Online Gig Economy Might Be Mostly Uber” (Josh Zumbrun, Wall Street Journal, 3/28/16)

“Most Benefits of the Gig Economy Are Completely Imaginary” (Rebecca Smith, Quartz, 3/4/16)

“The Gig ...

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