Labor

The Gig Economy Is Powered by Old People

Online platforms don't play such a big role, either.

What a gig.

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Much ink and many pixels have been spilled over the past few years about the rise of the gig economy, sharing economy, on-demand economy, 1099 economy, freelancer economy or whatever you prefer to call it. Some of the claims about its growth have been overstated, and I’ve written several columns trying to debunk them, or at least put them in context.

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