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Why We Work: Understanding Work through the Prism of Art and Culture (Undergraduate - SSI 199)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in SII 199H1S Section L0441 Woodsworth College Course , with research papers and assignments.

Essay Topics


Uber and the Gig Economy

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Grossman, N. & Woyke, E. (2016). Serving workers in the gig economy: Emerging resources for the on-demand workforce. O'Reilly.

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).

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

MacDowell, L. S. (1995). Relief camp workers in Ontario during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Canadian Historical Review, 76(2), 205-228.

Höpfl, H. (2007). A Catholic work ethic? Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 4(4), 398-417.

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Books available through U of T Libraries

Technology and the Future of Work


The Gig Economy