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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Towards an Institutional Theory of the Gig Economy

Andrea M. Herrmann (Utrecht University)


 
The “gig economy” - enabling the hiring of service workers via internet-based platforms - is revolutionizing traditional employment. With labor supply and demand meeting online, the gig economy implies a genuine globalization of work: gig jobs are accessible for workers around the world. The socioeconomic consequences are massive, ranging from increased work autonomy to the possible erosion of labor standards. Despite its global dimension, the gig economy takes different forms between countries, for example with regard to the requested skill profiles, platform business models, and income levels of gig workers. This project takes an institutionalist perspective and asks how national labor market institutions influence the participation of national workforces in the gig economy and its regulation. Empirically these aspects are investigated through large-N studies of gig workers and semi-structured interviews with the social partners in seven Western economies. Project duration at the MPIfG: September 2019 to February 2020.
 

 
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