New Forms of Economies: Sharing Economy, Collaborative Consumption, Peer-to-Peer Economy

  • Daniela SelloniEmail author
Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)


The aim of this chapter is to provide a synthetic overview of those forms of unconventional economies known by a variety of terms including sharing economy, collaborative consumption, peer-to peer economy and on-demand economy. Currently, there is wide-spread discussion around this phenomenon and a number of crucial issues have drawn the attention of media and government. We will attempt to frame the boundaries of the sharing economy, outlining the related driving forces and its central features, and highlighting how this notion is problematic and blurred. We will also discuss emerging criticalities, such as tax avoidance and labour deregulation, by providing concrete examples. Finally, we will explore the social side of the sharing economy, which is central to a more effective framing of the diversity of public-interest services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.POLIMI DESIS Lab, Department of DesignPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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