Written by Cécile Remeur,
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A relatively recent phenomenon, the collaborative economy has become mainstream in a decade in some areas of activities, such as car-sharing or short-term lets. Although it is now a well-known term – with alternative names from the ‘sharing’ to ‘gig’ to ‘peer‑to‑peer’ economy – it remains difficult to grasp precisely, beyond the central feature that potential consumers and providers are connected via a digital platform that matches demand and supply, providing cheap access to information on a very large scale. These ‘match-makers’ make it possible for non-professional providers to offer goods and services in a wide range of activities, generating value and with the potential for further development.
The collaborative economy is a fast-evolving phenomenon, which spans existing situations. However, the names specifically used to describe it blur lines through the use of a new trinity: ‘users-providers-platforms’ that does not match with…
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