Stern Program for Undergraduate Research

Research ID: RS000109
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) How do collaborative platforms alter innovation and entrepreneurship?
(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. 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
Information Systems
Marketing
Social Impact
Statistics
Pre-requisites: Data science skills a plus.
Start Semester: Spring 2014
Credits Per Semester: 1.0
Faculty Member: Arun Sundararajan (asundara@stern.nyu.edu)
Department Affilation: Accounting
Contact: Arun Sundararajan (asundara@stern.nyu.edu)
Expired On: 05-17-2014