The notion of the “sharing economy” is entering popular circulation in a way that would have seemed extremely unlikely only a year or two ago. Yet what is it? Is this really ‘sharing’? Is this capitalism creating the basis for its own transcendence? Or is it a particularly noxious form of neo-capitalism that affects quasi-socialism while aggressively deconstructing secure and regulated industries? This podcast won’t answer these questions but it might help us understand their significance with a greater degree of clarity – LISTEN HERE
More and more, consumers are turning to Uber to hail rides with their smartphones, or renting spare rooms from strangers online through Airbnb. These companies typify the sharing economy where everyone can be a micro-entrepreneur and provide valued services without a professional middleman. But as these peer-to-peer businesses explode in popularity, cities are dealing with major questions over how to regulate them. Following a wave of recent protests by taxi drivers across the U.S. and Europe, the debate over these services is heating up. Diane and her guests have a conversation about regulating the sharing economy, and what it means for businesses and consumers.
co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research and blogger, Beat the Press; author of “The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive.”Emily Badger
staff writer at The Washington Post covering urban policy.Arun Sundararajan
Categories: Rethinking The World