Regulating the Platform Economy: How to Protect Workers While Promoting Innovation
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Abstract: The rise of the platform economy has made it a topic of great interest among European policymakers, as evidenced by the European Commission’s 2016 Communication “A European agenda for the collaborative economy”. The regulatory challenges facing policymakers are manifold, ranging from taxation to competition policy to worker protection. Furthermore, many basic aspects of the platform economy are unclear, such as its size, the number of workers who take part in it and, indeed, its very deﬁ nition. What types of regulation are necessary to ensure that the beneﬁ ts of the platform economy are maximised for all Europeans? How can the productivity gains associated with the platform economy be distributed throughout society? Perhaps most importantly, how can policymakers support innovation while also protecting consumers, workers and communities?
Authors: John Zysman, Martin Kenney, Jan Drahokoupil, Agnieszka Piasna, Georgios Petropoulos, Willem Pieter De Groen, Zachary Kilhoffer, Karolien Lenaerts, Nicolas Salez, Annette Bongardt, Francisco Torres, Joseph Parilla
By John Zysman and Martin Kenney
By Jan Drahokoupil and Agnieszka Piasna
By Georgios Petropoulos
By Willem Pieter De Groen, Zachary Kilhoffer, Karolien Lenaerts and Nicolas Salez
By Annette Bongardt and Francisco Torres
By Joseph Parilla