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The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy
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This Handbook grapples conceptually and practically with what the sharing economy - which includes entities ranging from large for-profit firms like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and Upwork to smaller, non-profit collaborative initiatives - means for law, and how law, in turn, is shaping critical aspects of the sharing economy. Featuring a diverse set of contributors from many academic disciplines and countries, the book compiles the most important, up-to-date research on the regulation of the sharing economy. The first part surveys the nature of the sharing economy, explores the central challenge of balancing innovation and regulatory concerns, and examines the institutions confronting these regulatory challenges, and the second part turns to a series of specific regulatory domains, including labor and employment law, consumer protection, tax, and civil rights. This groundbreaking work should be read by anyone interested in the dynamic relationship between law and the sharing economy.


‘This book compiles the work of highly prominent thinkers on the sharing economy. It leaves no stone unturned and includes a comprehensive discussion of the most relevant theoretical and empirical debates on a phenomenon that has reshaped social, economic, and labor relationships. This is not only The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy, it is ‘the' book on the sharing economy.'

Sofia Ranchordás - Chair of European and Comparative Public Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

‘As the sharing economy continues to expand, it presents an ever-growing list of challenges to policy makers, judges, and scholars alike. How can the law keep up? This fascinating collection provides a treasure trove of cutting-edge scholarship from across the disciplines. An invaluable starting point for anyone interested in gigs, platforms, and the future of work.'

Jeremias Prassl - University of Oxford

‘Governments have had difficulty figuring out the ‘sharing economy'. They've needed a handbook, written by leading scholars, that explains how laws and regulations can and should harness the great opportunities and address the novel legal challenges created by firms like Uber, AirBnB, and the like. This is it! It belongs on the shelf of every legislator, regulator, tech executive, and scholar in the field.'

David Schleicher - Yale Law School

‘This incredibly timely and helpful handbook marshals the best available evidence about the effects the sharing economy may have on residents, workers, businesses, neighborhoods, and tax rolls, and thoughtfully draws out the policy implications of that evidence. It should be required reading for government regulators around the world!'

Vicki L. Been - Boxer Family Professor of Law at New York University and Faculty Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

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