Sharing Economy: Review of Current Research and Future Directions

Abstract

The sharing economy, in which ordinary consumers also act as sellers, is attracting much interest from scholars and practitioners. The rapid growth of this sector of the economy and the emergence of several large brands like Uber and Airbnb raise several interesting questions that need to be researched. We therefore review and summarize the extant research on this sector and suggest several additional directions for future research.

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    For more information on the sharing economy, see Botsman and Rogers [4], Gansky [5], Walsh [6], Friedman [7], Ertz et al. [8], Hamari et al. [9], and Telles [10].

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    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf.

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    Some early related work (e.g., Zervas et al. 2014) only examines spatial variations in demand for LPs after the entry of SEPs.

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    http://www.businessinsider.com/nyc-yellow-cab-medallion-prices-falling-further-2016-10

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Narasimhan, C., Papatla, P., Jiang, B. et al. Sharing Economy: Review of Current Research and Future Directions. Cust. Need. and Solut. 5, 93–106 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40547-017-0079-6

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Keywords

  • Sharing economy
  • Peer-to-peer trade
  • Platforms