Sharing Economy and the Future of Energy
A sharing economy is an economic system where different parties – as individuals, groups, or organizations – exchange underutilized resources in the economy.
Many policymakers and members of the popular press around the world have struggled to find a cohesive and comprehensive term that covers all of the cases and examples of sharing economies. Thus, the definition of sharing economy is still a work in progress.
The sharing economy is also referred to as the “collaborative economy,” collaborative consumption, or uberization of consumption. The underlying idea is that of a peer-to-peer exchange of goods or services mediated through an online marketplace or platform. Despite its origins in peer-to-peer exchange, the sharing economy has evolved into a more complex and profit-driven system.
Finally, in sharing economies, there is a sense of community which governs most of the interactions on the market –...
The authors would like to thank Andrew Foley for invaluable research assistantship. Egana del Sol acknowledge the support provided by the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (CONICYT/FONDAP/15130009) of Chile.
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