Summary of The Sharing Economy

The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism

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The Sharing Economy book summary
Digital technology has revolutionized person-to-person transactions in the sharing economy.

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The “sharing economy” – or “crowd-based capitalism” – is a technology-based revival of the person-to-person or peer-to-peer transactions that dominated economic activity before the Industrial Revolution. Today’s prominent online peer-to-peer platforms include Airbnb, car-ride services Lyft and Uber, and such financing platforms as Kickstarter and Kiva. Business professor Arun Sundararajan explains how social and commercial concerns drive these online transactions. His belief that the sharing economy’s impact is comparable to that of the Industrial Revolution may be debatable and he organizes his text somewhat haphazardly, but his narrative is perceptive and informative. getAbstract recommends this overview to readers seeking a detailed assessment of the sharing economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How people transact with each other in the “sharing economy”;
  • How social relationships, not just prices, drive the sharing economy; and
  • What challenges governments face in regulating the sharing economy.
 

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The “Sharing Economy” Emerges
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, person-to-person or peer-to-peer transactions dominated economic activity. Self-employed people made products and sold them to individual consumers. Even at the onset of the 20th century, the self-employed made up almost...
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About the Author

Arun Sundararajan is a professor and Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His Sharing Economy won a 2017 Axiom Best Business Books Award.


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