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Alexandra Samuel

Alexandra Samuel's recent post about the sharing economy puts some great issues on the table.  The trends with car sharing, Uber, AirBnB, and other similar implementations of online apps is truly disruptive. Auto industry workers and hospitality industry workers may lose out as we re-deploy apparently share-able assets.  Geoff Meggs notes that apartment rents may go up due to competition from short-term out of town guests. Alexandra does not argue that we should protect the status quo, but, at least in part, she thinks we should manage the transition so as to ensure employment related social supports and consumer protections are preserved for the common good. The evolution of markets in the post-industrial age poses a new challenge to ordinary people.    

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