Symposium on the Sharing Economy


Research Workshop

May 16-17, 2016
The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

The Research Workshop eatured participants from a broad range of disciplines giving presentations on a wide range of topics, including the economics of the sharing economy and the impact of the sharing economy on ownership, consumption, and labor welfare.


Presentation descriptions and selected presentation materials are available on the individual session web pages. 

Session I: Labor in the Sharing Economy

  • An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Drivers in the United States
    Jonathan Hall, Head of Economic Research, Policy and Legal, Uber
  • Can You Gig It? An Empirical Examination of the Gig-Economy and Entrepreneurship
    Brad Greenwood, Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems,Temple University
  • Labor Welfare in the Sharing Economy
    Crystal Kong, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota
Session II: Shared Mobility
  • Cloud Commuting and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Transport
    David Levinson, Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Service Region Design for Urban Electric Vehicle Sharing Systems 
    Ho-Yin Mak, Associate Professor, Management Science, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Peer-to-Peer Carsharing Market Analysis and Potential Growth
    Robert Hampshire, Assistant Research Professor, Human Factors Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • How Should Planners Prepare for Autonomous Cars?
    David King, Assistant Professor, Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Session III: Ownership and Consumption in the Sharing Economy

  • Peer-to-Peer Product Sharing: Implications for Ownership, Usage, and Social Welfare
    Saif Benjaafar, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota, and Director, Initiative on the Sharing Economy
  • Owning, Using, and Renting: Some Simple Economics of the “Sharing Economy”
    John Horton, Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, New York University
  • Incentives and Equilibria for a Heterogeneous Population Interacting in the Sharing Economy
    Harald Bernhard, Ph.D. Candidate, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Session IV: On-Demand Platforms and Social Media

  • On-Demand Service Platforms
    Terry Taylor, Milton W. Terrill Chair in Business Administration and Associate Professor, Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group,University of California, Berkeley
  • Leveraging Socially Networked Mobile ICT Platforms for the Last Mile Delivery Problem
    Tim Smith, Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Repeated Interactions vs. Social Ties: Quantifying the Economic Value of Trust, Forgiveness, and Reputation Using a Field Experiment 
    Ravi Bapna, Curtis L. Carlson Chair, Business Analytics and Information Systems, School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Dynamic Type Matching 
    Ming Hu, Associate Professor, Operations Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto