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Foundations and Current Issues in IR/HR (IRE 2001)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 2001, with research papers and assignments.

Books - Platform Economy (Gig/Sharing/Uber)

Selected Books - Platform Economy (Gig/Sharing/Uber)

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Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine Articles & Reports - Platform Economy (Gig/Sharing/Uber)

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Vandaele, K. (2018). Will trade unions survive in the platform economy? Emerging patterns of platform workers' collective voice and representation in Europe. European Trade Union Institute Working Paper 2018.05

Paul, S.M. (2017). Uber as for-profit hiring hall: A price-fixing paradox and its implications. Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, 38(2), 233-263.

Becker,T., & Rajwani, A. (2016). The sharing economy and the future of work: Post-conference report. Toronto, ON: Centre for Labour Management Relations. 

Becker,T., & Rajwani, A. (2016). The gig economy and your protections and rights: Conference proceedings. Toronto, ON: Centre for Labour Management Relations.

Economic Policy Institute, March 17, 2016: "Uber business model does not justify a new ‘independent worker’ category", by Ross Eisenbrey and Lawrence Mishel

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, January 29, 2015: “Uber, Airbnb and consequences of the sharing economy: Research roundup”

Sofia, Ranchordás (2015). Does sharing mean caring? Regulating Innovation in the sharing economy. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology. 16(1).

DataSpace at Princeton University, January, 2015: "An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States" [28 pages, PDF]

Hall, J.V., Krueger, A.B. (2015). An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States. Princeton University Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #587. (28 pages, PDF)

Rauch, D.E. and Schleicher, D. (2015). Like Uber, But for Local Governmental Policy: The Future of Local Regulation of the 'Sharing Economy'. George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 15-01. Available at SSRN: or

Gobble, M. M. (2015). Regulating innovation in the new economy. Research Technology Management, 58(2), 62-64.


MIT Sloan Management Review, July 21, 2017. "When Jobs Become Commodities," by Thomas H. Davenport

Open Democracy, September 15, 2016, "Why the digital gig economy needs co-ops and unions," by Alex Wood and Mark Graham 

Aloisi, A. (2015). Commoditized workers: Case study research on labor law issues arising from a set of on-demand/gig economy platformsComparative labor law and policy journal​, 37, 653.

Manning, S. (2013). New Silicon Valleys or a new species? Commoditization of knowledge work and the rise of knowledge services clustersResearch policy, 42(2), 379-390.

Slate, January 30, 1998. "The Commoditization Conundrum," by James Surowiecki

Appadurai, A. (Ed.). (1988). The social life of things: Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge University Press.