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Why We Work (Undergraduate - IRE 199)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 199, with research papers and assignments.

Essay Topics

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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.

Allen, R.C. (2018).  The hand-loom weaver and the power loom: a Schumpeterian perspective. European Review of Economic History.

Kris Inwood, Ian Keay; Diverse paths to industrial development: evidence from late-nineteenth-century Canada, European Review of Economic History, Volume 16, Issue 3, 1 August 2012, Pages 311–333,

McDevitt, C., Irwin, J., & Inwood, K. (2009). Gender Pay Gap, Productivity Gap and Discrimination in Canadian Clothing Manufacturing in 1870. Eastern Economic Journal, 35(1), 24-36. Retrieved from