Sharing Economy

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The sharing economy is growing at an exponential rate. Some estimates suggest that it is the second largest economy in the world. Defined by a peer-to-peer exchange of values such as facilities, money, goods and information, it is also referred to with terms like “collaborative economy”, “peer-to-peer marketplaces” or “platform economy”.

New sharing economy firms like Airbnb and Uber are disrupting traditional industries across the globe by entering into markets such as transportation, travel and retail where incumbent operators are subject to significant government regulation. Analysts forecast that the collaborative economy will continue to grow but there remains uncertainty around whether their operations fully comply with existing laws. A new balance between innovation and regulation will probably need to be struck before it can achieve its real potential. The IESE Library has compiled some information sources to help you understand what the sharing economy is and what sort of repercussions it could have in the coming years.

  • Articles & Books

Business Source Ultimate

IESE Insight

IESE Library Catalog

  • Reports & Statistics



Find reports as: What Is the Scope of the Sharing Economy? From UBS

The New Digital Economy
Pew Research Center

The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy and the Competition and Consumer Act
A regulatory perspective on the sharing economy

Scoping the Sharing Economy: Origins, Definitions, Impact and Regulatory Issues
EC. JRC Technical Reports

  • News


FT. Topics – Sharing Economy
Financial Times

Sharing Economy Research Roundup
Journalist’s Resource-Research Roundup


  • Associations

European Collaborative Economy Forum
Shared Thinking for a Collaborative Europe

EU CoLab Best Practice Directory
A catalogue of best practice in the Collaborative Economy from Europe and around the world

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