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Is Uber the Future of Work? The Gig Economy and the Remaking of Economic Citizenship

220 Eggers Hall

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Presented by the Labor Studies Working Group.

The app-based “gig economy” has emerged as a hot topic not only in the current US presidential election, but across the globe. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Mechanical Turk are rewriting the rules of the labor market and reconstituting the nature of the employment relationship, raising the question: Who is an employee? Proponents of the “sharing” economy argue that it empowers the ordinary citizen, institutionalizes a new model of asset-sharing, and creates much-needed jobs. Critics argue that little in the “sharing economy” is being “shared” and that these companies are circumventing minimal labor standards. This event will explore the implications of the "gig" or “sharing” economy for economic citizenship.  

Lawrence Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Institute

Doug Henwood, Host of Behind the News and Contributing Editor of The Nation

Dawn Gearhart, Organizer with Teamsters Local Union No 117 and App-Based Drivers' Association

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.