OPINION / ANALYSIS

AirBnb is a rental economy, not a sharing economy

by Giorgos Kallis
Last summer, half of Greece was up for rent in AirBnb. Giorgos Kallis argues that this has nothing to do with sharing. AirBnb is a rental economy and it should be regulated as such
 Under a rhetoric guise of “sharing”, websites like Uber are creating a new informal economy of uninsured workers whose entire life is up for rent, from cars and homes, to their own hands available to perform chores for a fee.

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