|Research Title:||The Socioeconomic Impact of the "Sharing Economy"|
|Description:||I have begun a broad-ranging investigation of the sharing economy in collaboration with peers.org, a new collective that aims to grow the sharing economy, and over 40 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? What fraction of GDP will be sharing economy activity in a decade?
(b) What are the sociological and cultural changes caused by asset-light, shared commercial consumption?
(c) How will these platforms alter the nature of work, and how does one measure ‘employment’ in a sharing economy?
(d) What is the interplay between digital community activity and offline (real-world) activities in shaping the collective voice of consumers?
Depending on student interest, I have a number of opportunities for field work and data analysis. Here are links to some of my thinking about the phenomenon:
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|Pre-requisites:||Interest in how digital technologies transform society and business.|
|Start Semester:||Fall 2013|
|Credits Per Semester:||1.0|
|Faculty Member:||Arun Sundararajan (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Contact:||Arun Sundararajan (email@example.com)|