Is New Platform Work Different from Other Freelancing?

Andrew Garin, Emilie Jackson, Dmitri K. Koustas, Carl McPherson

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The rise of freelance work in the online platform economy (OPE) has received considerable media and policy attention in recent years, but freelance work is by no means a new phenomenon. In this paper, we draw on IRS tax records to identify instances when workers begin doing online platform work versus other freelance/independent contractor "gig" work for firms. We find gig work occurs around major reductions in outside income and document usage over the lifecycle. Our results provide suggestive evidence on motivations for entering into each type of work.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-161
JournalAEA Papers and Proceedings
StatePublished - May 2020


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