How to make the sharing economy more progressive

There are dangers to an economy dominated by the likes of Uber. But that doesn't have to be the case.

Sharing economy
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Is the advent of the "sharing economy" good or bad?

The sharing economy is the crude term-of-art for the new work-life model characterized by "on demand" platform services like Uber, AirBnB, Etsy, and Feastly. But it also arguably heralds a much bigger shift in the economy: towards more part-time work, more flexible schedules, more independent contracting, shorter stints at jobs, and more secondary incomes.

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