Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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

  See the Tumblr: work&labour news&research for the latest on the Future of Work.

robot comic


Uber and the Gig Economy

Tumblr: work&labour news&research Uber search result

Tumblr: work&labour news&research Amazon search result

Tumblr: work&labour news&research Gig-Economy search result

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