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Sharing Economy and the Future of Energy

  • Pablo A. Egana-delSolEmail author
  • Melati Nungsari
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A sharing economy is an economic system where different parties – as individuals, groups, or organizations – exchange underutilized resources in the economy.

Many policymakers and members of the popular press around the world have struggled to find a cohesive and comprehensive term that covers all of the cases and examples of sharing economies. Thus, the definition of sharing economy is still a work in progress.

The sharing economy is also referred to as the “collaborative economy,” collaborative consumption, or uberization of consumption. The underlying idea is that of a peer-to-peer exchange of goods or services mediated through an online marketplace or platform. Despite its origins in peer-to-peer exchange, the sharing economy has evolved into a more complex and profit-driven system.

Finally, in sharing economies, there is a sense of community which governs most of the interactions on the market –...

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The authors would like to thank Andrew Foley for invaluable research assistantship. Egana del Sol acknowledge the support provided by the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (CONICYT/FONDAP/15130009) of Chile.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asia School of Business and Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySloan School of ManagementKuala LumpurMalaysia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Londero Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo Fundo, Passo FundoRSBrazil