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THREE RESEARCH REPORTS PUBLISHED ON THE SHARING ECONOMY

The Consortium has published three reports on the quantitative research carried out as part of the project. The three reports cover issues of participation, privacy, and power respectively and draw upon the background established in the previous literature reviews.

All reports are available on the documentation page of this site.

The reports form one element of a European Union Horizon 2020 Research Project on the sharing economy: Ps2Share ‘Participation, Privacy, and Power in the Sharing Economy’.

The report on participation presents the results of a large-scale quantitative survey of European citizens on the topic of participation in the sharing economy. Based on a model of divides in sharing participation, it examines levels of engagement among Europeans, socioeconomic antecedents, motives for sharing participation as well as Internet skills and access. It differentiates reasons for non-participation and examines outcomes of both consumptive and productive participation. The report highlights sharing divides between participants and non-participants, active and passive participants, as well as occasional and professional providers in the sharing economy.

The report on privacy presents the results of a large-scale quantitative survey of European citizens on the topic of privacy in the sharing economy. It discusses the privacy implications of sharing services, for example in terms of data protection, social privacy (risks about personal rooms and spaces being intruded), and the extended self.

Finally, the report on power presents the results of a large-scale quantitative survey of European citizens on the topic of power in the sharing economy.The first section of the report focuses on the Peer-to-Peer Relationships which form the foundation of the sharing economy. Aspects covered in this section include emotional labor, perceived interpersonal treatment, and feedback systems. The second section of the report focuses on the Peer-to-Platform Relationships. This section addresses the role of the sharing platforms in establishing and maintaining power asymmetries, covering aspects such as dispute resolution mechanisms, terms and conditions, pricing, algorithmic control, and collective action. The final section provides a more macro-approach to power dynamics, focusing on the Platform-to-Society Relationships. This includes elements such as regulation and platform narratives.