The Rise of the Gig Economy: Fact or Fiction?
AbstractGig work mediated through online platforms has received much recent attention. We find only one sector—the transportation services sector—in which there is unambiguous evidence of substantial and rapidly growing gig activity. A challenge for tracking and understanding the rise in gig activity is that core household surveys are missing the recent overall rise in self-employment that is apparent in administrative and private sector transactions data. We show that this limitation of available household survey data is evident even in the transportation services sector, where the growth in self-employment activity since 2013 has been exponential.
CitationAbraham, Katharine G., John Haltiwanger, Kristin Sandusky, and James Spletzer. 2019. "The Rise of the Gig Economy: Fact or Fiction?" AEA Papers and Proceedings, 109: 357-61. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20191039
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