Measuring the 'gig' economy: challenges and options

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Author: Riggs, Lynn; Sin, Isabelle; Hyslop, Dean R.


The increase in internet-based services has raised policy interest in gig work, which is work done outside formal employer-employee relationships. Given the dearth of information about the nature and magnitude of gig work and the extent of its growth in New Zealand, it is unclear whether current regulatory institutions adequately regulate it. There is also concern among policymakers about the effect of gig work on the financial stability of gig workers. In this paper we provide a New Zealand-specific typology for identifying gig work, and discuss conceptual and practical issues related...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Research

Keywords: Gig economy; Occupational structure; Work organisation; Measurement; Employment pattern; Employment status; Data collecting

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Wellington, New Zealand: Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, 2019

Physical description: iv, 33 p. (working paper) + 3 p. (executive summary)

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ISSN: 1176-2667 (print), 1177-9047 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Lynn Riggs, Isabelle Sin and Dean Hyslop

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 139.256

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