Back to School with the Gig Economy Data Hub
The Gig Economy Data Hub aims to provide accessible, comprehensive information for anyone interested in better understanding the scope and nature of independent and gig work today: academics, journalists, policymakers, and the general public. It can be especially relevant for students and instructors of economics, sociology, business, and technology.
As the 2018-2019 school year picks up, we hope instructors will find this resource useful. Here are some ideas for using it in the classroom:
The Basic Questions section seeks to highlight both what we know and don’t know about the changing nature of work. Students can review our answers to basic questions about the gig economy, and identify where there are gaps in knowledge. They can then design research proposals to address those gaps.
Data Sources presents comparative overviews of various studies of work arrangements. Students can review these studies to compare methodologies and identify strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches.
Many studies of the gig economy present seemingly contradictory findings. However, many of these differences are explained by differences in definitions and methods. For example, studies that report higher rates of participation have more expansive definitions and ask about activity over a longer time period. Students can select two studies from the Data Sources section with different findings and explain the differences.
The Gig Bytes Blog presents discussions and analysis of recent research and publications. Students can write posts about recent and relevant studies in the format of short blog posts. You are welcome to submit relevant pieces to us for consideration for publication.