Avi Asher-Schapiro takes a closer look at people who make money off of Uber and Airbnb, and finds a disturbing picture.
Christopher Koopman suggests a definition for the contentious term.
Dean Baker proposes writing safety standards into law for all hired cars, taxi and rideshare alike.
Dean Baker argues that Uber generates serious problems, but that regulations to fix them will not be very hard to implement.
Matthew Feeney asks critics of the sharing economy to clarify some of their complaints.
Firms like Uber and Lyft are already writing very comfortable regulations for themselves, rules that lock out competitors and hurt consumers.
Sharing economies do not exist, says Avi Asher-Schapiro. The glowing term really denotes downward mobility for the middle class.
Dean Baker points out how sharing economy companies have often received special favors. He suggests what a truly level playing field might look like.
Matthew Feeney argues that the right response to the rise of the sharing economy is often to deregulate legacy industries like taxi monopolies.
Mobile computing has enabled a new way to buy and sell goods and services. But how should governments respond?