Crowdsourcing and contests: Is technological change creating new labour markets? (Winter School Open Sessions)

SESSION I. Are we all going to end up self-employed?

Self-employment, which accounts for almost 15% of total employment in the EU, makes a considerable contribution to the EU’s economy in terms of entrepreneurship and job creation.  But it also carries a degree of risk and vulnerability for the individual, both in the short and long run. Countries like Italy, Greece and Spain have the highest rates of self-employment in Europe.

Is there evidence of an increase of such labour market arrangements in recent years? Are careers becoming shorter?  Are they driven by technology or by institutional factors? Is the tradition of "one job over a lifetime" really over? In this session, speakers will shed light on the drivers behind the recent growth in self-employment and the policy consequences that need to be addressed as a result.

SESSION II. Crowdsourcing and contests: A new digital working class

Crowdsourcing is a quick and cheap option for outsourcing, but it is more than that. The definition of crowdsourcing can be quite broad, encompassing phenomena such as Wikipedia, where virtually anyone can contribute to the construction of the popular online encyclopaedia. Here we restrict the concept of crowdsourcing to focus on paid labour, which allows for specific tasks to be assigned -- from the creation of a web programme code, a translation or data collection -- to a worker in an unspecified location. In this session we aim to understand the labour implications of these phenomena, both for workers in this new sector and for the users of traditional markets. 

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23
November 2015
Monday
09:00-13:00

931

Speakers

Jan Drahokoupil
Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute
William Rodgers
Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
Ursula Huws
Professor, University of Hertfordshire Business School
Irene Mandl
Research Manager, Eurofound
Miroslav Beblavý
Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS

Chair

Ilaria Maselli
Research Fellow, CEPS
Monique Ramioul
Head of Research Group Work and Organisation, KU Leuven

Crowdsourcing and contests: Is technological change creating new labour markets? (Winter School Open Sessions)

23
November 2015
Monday
09:00-13:00
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

931

CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels