15 Dec 2017

The Impact of the Platform Economy on Job Creation

Willem Pieter De Groen / Zachary Kilhoffer / Karolien Lenaerts / Nicolas Salez


CEPS researchers have contributed a policy analysis to the Forum section of the November/December issue of Intereconomics, which is devoted to the regulation of platform economy. The article can be downloaded here, along with other contributions on this question.

Over the past ten years, the platform economy has become a topic of great interest in Europe. It has been cited as a force for economic growth and innovation, lower-cost goods and services, and low-barrier employment opportunities. At the same time, platforms have been criticised for potentially expanding the number of workers in precarious jobs. Thus, stakeholders – including policymakers, social partners, workers and platforms – have sought to better understand the platform economy, as evidenced by the growing body of literature surrounding platform issues.