Platform work and economic insecurity: evidence from Italian survey data

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Author: Cirillo, Valeria; Guarascio, Dario; Parolin, Zachary


The emergence of the platform economy has served as a defining feature of increasing fragmented labour markets in modern economies. Recent research on platform work, however, has struggled to quantify the socio-economic conditions of platform workers relative to other occupation groups. Moreover, it remains unclear if the socio-economic disadvantages that platform workers are likely to face are primarily channeled through lower incomes or their more precarious working conditions. This study uses representative survey data of platform workers in Italy to investigate their size,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Technology; Demographics; Disadvantaged

Keywords: Gig economy; Online system; Labour force; Work organisation; Employment security; Socioeconomic background; Diversity; Young worker; Low income group; Poverty

Geographic subjects: Italy; Europe

Published: Essen, Germany: Global Labor Organization (GLO), 2021

Physical description: 34 p.

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Series: GLO discussion paper series; no. 821

Resource type: Discussion paper

Document number: TD/TNC 146.724

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