Freelancers have existed since the dawn of civilization, while firms are in fact a much newer phenomenon (the first one, the Dutch East India Company was founded in 1602), so why are we so sure that firms and full-time work will persist as the main form of employment and treat the gig economy as a temporary effect. As an avid user of the gig economy, I am biased, but I do believe the future is gig.
Hi Gad, thanks for sharing! As you mention here, we've recently seen advancements regarding the regulation of gig work, and with Prop 22, "app-based ride-share and [food] delivery" platforms have been required to guarantee a minimum pay rate/healthcare stipend/job-related accident insurance. Though along with these new policies, Uber and Grubhub have also started tacking on additional "delivery driver" fees, with Grubhub even telling Californian customers that tipping is now optional due to the built-in $1.50 fee. It's no new concept, of course, but do you think legislators have a responsibility to regulate this particular practice, or is it justified?