Key Challenges

The rapid growth of commercial sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Uber, the growing number of economic sectors affected, and conflicting interests among involved stakeholders have made the sharing economy a disputed topic full of (political) controversies and legal questions. Should sharing activities be monitored closely with strict regulations? Or should the invisible hand determine direction of the market? What exactly is the role of the government? What is going on in other cities? What can be done? This part provides information on the challenges and helps cities to rethink traditional regulation and policies and experiment with new approaches.

The future of the EU collaborative economy

01/11/2016Sharing Cities Alliance Support
This report imagines four potential scenarios that explore challenges for platform labour, as well as how the collaborative economy could contribute to public service provision and social innovation.

The Consumer Potential of Collaborative Consumption

This study provides empirical evidence on the motives and factors influencing participation in collaborative consumption in Amsterdam, based on a survey of 1330 residents.

Yours, Mine, and Ours: A User-centric Analysis of Opportunities and Challenges in Peer-to-peer Asset Sharing

20/03/2018Sharing Cities Alliance Support
This paper investigates participation motives in the P2P car-sharing context.

Sharing Economy vs Sharing Cultures? Designing for social, economic and environmental good

In this paper Light and Miskelly contrast the design and experiences of a local crowd-funding initiative with global enterprises more commonly associated with the sharing economy.

Digital Discrimination: The Case of Airbnb.com

In this paper, Benjamin G. Edelman and Michael Luca test for racial discrimination against landlords on Airbnb.

Sharing and the city

09/07/2018Sharing Cities Alliance Support
Description of the "Sharing and the City" project, in which challenges related to sharing economy are underlined and the main goals of the initiative are defined.