Stern Program for Undergraduate Research

Closed On: 02-07-2014
Research ID: RS000080
Research Title: The Socioeconomic Impact of the Sharing Economy
Description: I am conducting a broad investigation of the new collaborative and sharing economy with peers.org, a new collective that aims to grow the sharing economy, and over 100 companies that are founding partners of the collective. The project has a number of specific questions:
(a) What will the scope of economic transformation caused by sharing economy platforms be? How rapidly will collaborative consumption become 'normal'?
(b) What fraction of GDP will be sharing economy activity in a decade?
(c) How will these platforms alter the nature of work, and how does one measure ‘employment’ in a sharing economy?
I have a number of opportunities for field work and data analysis. I am particularly interested in students who have an interest in the "maker movement". Here are links to some of my thinking about the phenomenon:
http://smallbusiness.house.gov/uploadedfiles/1-15-2014_revised_sundararajan_testimony.pdf
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/from_zipcar_to_the_sharing_eco.html
http://www.wired.com/opinion/2012/10/from-airbnb-to-coursera-why-the-government-shouldnt-regulate-the-sharing-economy/
http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/09/balancing-innovation-and-regulation-in-the-sharing-economy/
Relevant Areas of Study: Economics
Global Business
Information Systems
Pre-requisites: Interest in how digital technologies transform society and business.
Start Semester: Fall 2013
Credits Per Semester: 1.0
Faculty Member: Arun Sundararajan (asundara@stern.nyu.edu)
Department Affilation: IOMS
Contact: Arun Sundararajan (asundara@stern.nyu.edu)
Expiration Date: 06-30-2014