The global gig economy: Toward a planetary labor market

Mark Graham, Mohammad Amir Anwar

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Abstract / Description of output

We are witnessing the emergence of a “planetary labor market” for digital work. Building on a five-year study of digital gig work in some of the world’s economic margins, we show a planetary labor market does not do away with geography, it rather exists to take advantage of it. Digital technologies have been deployed in order to bring into being a labor market that can operate at a planetary scale, and has particular affordances and limitations that rarely bolster both the structural and associational power of workers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Digital Transformation of Labor
Subtitle of host publicationAutomation, the Gig Economy and Welfare
EditorsAnthony Larsson, Robin Teigland
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781000730784
ISBN (Print)9780367330705, 9781032084930
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Labour Economics


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