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Individual Rewarding and Social Outcomes in the Collaborative Economy

  • Davide Arcidiacono
  • Ivana Pais
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Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)

Abstract

The sharing economy has spread since 2004, but it is only in recent years that consultants and academics have started doing empirical research. The first evidences—even amid still contradictory results—show a common finding: while sharing platforms aimed their communication on the values of sociability and sustainability, consumers use more often the platform for convenience or savings. This does not exclude that from this type of individual motivations can descend collective advantages, but it is naive to attribute these results to a direct intent. It is also useful to distinguish between different forms of sharing economy: if the rental economy is often moved by rationally purposeful actions and those related to forms of reciprocity by affective actions, the motivations behind common pooling practices can be traced to the concept of “contribution” developed to explain the connective actions in open source communities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento Di SociologiaUniversità Cattolica Del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly

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