The gig economy includes temporary, part-time, freelance and contract work in a variety of task-based employment situations. The gig economy provides workers with flexibility, increased employment mobility and entrepreneurial opportunities. Criticisms of the gig economy center around shifting the burden of economic risk onto workers.Workers who engage in the gig economy may receive an unstable/unpredictable income, lack employment and health benefits and receive low wages for their work.
Also referred to as: sharing economy, freelance economy.
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University of Michigan. Can You Gig It? An Empirical Examination of the Gig-Economy and Entrepreneurial Activity Online: http://web.business.queensu.ca/faculty/jdebettignies/Docs/Burtch16.pdf (Retrieved on August 11, 2016).
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