Toward a Geographic Understanding of the Sharing Economy: Systemic Biases in UberX and TaskRabbit

@article{ThebaultSpieker2017TowardAG,
  title={Toward a Geographic Understanding of the Sharing Economy: Systemic Biases in UberX and TaskRabbit},
  author={Jacob Thebault-Spieker and Loren G. Terveen and Brent J. Hecht},
  journal={ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact.},
  year={2017},
  volume={24},
  pages={21:1-21:40}
}
Despite the geographically situated nature of most sharing economy tasks, little attention has been paid to the role that geography plays in the sharing economy. In this article, we help to address this gap in the literature by examining how four key principles from human geography—distance decay, structured variation in population density, mental maps, and “the Big Sort” (spatial homophily)—manifest in sharing economy platforms. We find that these principles interact with platform design… CONTINUE READING
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