The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism

Version: Unabridged
Author: Arun Sundararajan
Narrator: Vikas Adam
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: May 2016
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 57 minutes
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Sharing isn't new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club-these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new, in the "sharing economy," is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money. In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as "crowd-based capitalism"-a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected?Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples, Sundararajan explains the basics of crowd-based capitalism. He describes the intriguing mix of "gift" and "market" in its transactions, demystifies emerging blockchain technologies, and clarifies the dizzying array of emerging on-demand platforms. He then considers how this new paradigm changes economic growth and the future of work.

Author Details

Author Details

Sundararajan, Arun

Arun Sundararajan is a Professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. A recognized authority on the sharing economy, he has published op-eds and commentary in such publications as "Time", the "New Yorker", the "New York Times", "Wired", "Le Monde", "Harvard Business Review", and the "Financial Times".