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The gig economy and workers' preferences for steady jobs
Nikhil Datta
November 2019
Paper No' CEPCP560:
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CentrePiece 24 (3) Autumn 2019

JEL Classification: J22; J24; J32; J81

Tags: atypical work; self-employment; willingness-to-pay; experiment; labour supply preferences

Is the rise of gig work, freelancing, zero hours contracts and self-employment a result of people wanting such work or because they have no other choice? Nikhil Datta finds that while workers in the gig economy may like flexibility, they would prefer to have a steady job. Indeed, they would agree to earn less to improve their employment security.

This article summarises 'Willing to Pay for Security: A Discrete Choice Experiment to Analyse Labour Supply Preferences' by Nikhil Datta, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1632