In this intriguing, albeit one-sided, web article from the World Economic Forum, project specialists Stefan Hall and James Pennington contemplate the virtues of the sharing economy that boost economic growth but that GDP fails to measure. What the authors don’t do is delve into the negative aspects of the sharing economy that could detract from GDP. For instance, many Uber drivers would prefer the benefits of formal employment, and horror stories abound of people’s experiences renting rooms to strangers through Airbnb. Still, this overview provides a takeoff point in trying to value this new economic engine. getAbstract recommends it to executives, policy makers and others interested in the sharing economy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the sharing economy works,
- How conventional GDP measures fall short of fully capturing the value of the sharing economy and
- What sorts of benefits people get from the sharing economy.
About the Authors
Stefan Hall and James Pennington are project specialists with the World Economic Forum.