What is the Future of Work? Understanding the Platform Economy and Computation-Intensive Automation

Abstract: 

This note is intended to help set the groundwork for a discussion of cross-national variation in responses to the emergence of labor-market platforms (LMP). The politics and policy of the labor exchanges will unfold as part of the development of the platform economy. We consider in three steps: 1) The character of the rise of the Platform Economy in an era of computing abundance; 2) The diverse array of work arrangements that are in play; 3) Whether computation intensive automation will be an increasingly powerful force in labor politics in this era.

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Publication date: 
December 1, 2016
Publication type: 
Working Paper