These Charts Show How the Sharing Economy Is Different

How workers for companies such as Uber and Airbnb differ from the population at large
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It makes sense that workers in the sharing economy—which comprises such companies as Uber, Airbnb, and Etsy—would be different from the population at large. They're probably younger, for instance, since people who have grown up with mobile phones attached to their arms are going to be more comfortable with apps and the cloud. Data from some recent surveys allow us to start putting numbers on just how different.

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