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Morally Muddled Metrics in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Dowd, the NYTimes’ acerbic columnist, turned her attention to the sharing economy in her post Driving Uber Mad. In so doing, she put her finger on a disease that afflicts business in general, and has already infected social media. It highlights the serious...

What’s Driving the Sharing Economy?

What’s driving the turbocharged growth of the Sharing Economy?  And where is it going? While it’s usually harder to predict the future than to explain the past, the sharing economy may be the exception that proves the rule.  There are several competing explanations...

The Third Wave of Sharing

The “sharing” revolution is here. The rebels who defied outmoded laws and set up shop have begun to win. Uber is legal. AirBnB is paying taxes. The hippies have traded in their tye dye for suits and hired lobbyists. Now what? To answer that question, we need to first...

Regulations and the Sharing Economy

Professor Arun Sundararajan of NYU’s Stern School of Business is fast becoming the go-to academic when it comes to the ‘Sharing Economy.’ (Can mainstream media stop putting it in quote marks yet?). Two recent pieces demonstrate his breadth and points of view....

Trust Brings Supply to the Sharing Economy

It might be difficult to understand how there can be enough supply in a marketplace like Airbnb to sustain such an active community of buyers and sellers. Friends are always renting on Airbnb, but comparatively few of these same friends are acting as hosts. It seems...