How many people in the United States are earning income through Uber, TaskRabbit, Airbnb, Etsy and other online platforms? Do these people rely on online platforms for all of their income, or do they use online platform work to supplement another job or source of income? How do these workers relate to the rest of the labor market?
In an attempt to explore these questions and others, the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and New America last week convened a small luncheon roundtable on Data and the OnDemand Economy. Participants represented government agencies with data collection efforts planned or underway, independent and academic researchers, on-demand platforms, think tanks and other thought leaders. The session sought to understand what we know about work and workers in the on-demand economy, what we don’t know, and how we can improve knowledge exchange across the research community.