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Title: What do consumers appreciate about on-demand economy workers?
Authors: Melián González, Santiago 
UNESCO Clasification: 530710 Teoría y modelos de empleo
Keywords: Sharing economy
Gig economy
On-demand economy
Digital labor market
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: Psychosociological issues in human resource management 
Abstract: The sharing economy is generating different kinds of debates. One of them refers to the labor facet of this digital-based economy, usually known as the on-demand economy, gig economy, or digital labor market. Media and relevant institutions have published different news articles and reports describing this new form of work. Working in the on-demand economy is considered to have both negative and positive features. The latter contemplate the on-demand economy as an opportunity for anyone who wants to earn income. In fact, many platforms do not require providers to have any type of professional accreditation to offer their services. Nevertheless, the literature in this field has been criticized for its high rhetoric, and more empirical evidence is required. Based on more than 6,000 consumer comments, this study analyzes what consumers value about the work provided through two gig economy platforms. Although anyone can usually offer his or her skills on these platforms, results show that being successful in the on-demand economy is not as easy as commonly stated because consumers clearly value professionalism and excellent services. This information can help workers and institutions to understand what kind of performance is expected in order to be successful in this new labor market.
ISSN: 2332-399X
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3011213
Source: Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management [ISSN 2332-399X], v. 6(2), p. 29-43
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