At first blush, it seems like a dream job and a great way to make money. You always wanted to be your own boss. You’re free and independent. You work where and when you want. It could be a side job giving you that extra income you need. The gig economy has exploded in recent years. But it’s not all that its cranked out to be. Workers are vulnerable. There are no benefits. Some workers wind up working for peanuts. With no regular income, the gig economy can be stressful especially if you have a crisis. What are the ins and outs of gig economics?
Recorded at the University of Oregon.
Juliet Schor is an award-winning economist and sociologist at Boston College. She is the author of many books including The Overworked American, True Wealth and After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back.
This piece, as a new student to economics and political science which both leverage the toolkit of social science, was a moniker moment for me.
It is relevant and important with great ripples domestically as well as internationally.
It is also meaningful because I had a career in the tech industry and felt the same idealism she talks about with some of the cases she chose to include. I am terribly wounded from the toxicity of wall street, regulation mishaps, vulture capital holders, banks that are fracturing customers after exploiting them and the current measures being used via punitive and demeaning journalism, surveillance voyeurism and deep trauma to push out innovators and build upon class behaviour rather than solve for it.
I will be reading J Schor’s work going forward.