Research papers from the German Economic Institute
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The impact of digital change on employment and the employment prospects of workers remains a puzzle to be solved. The empirical analysis with data on the firm-level, the sectoral level and the occupational level does not indicate any general growth pattern.
While the sharing economy is generally perceived to be very innovative, it has hardly been analyzed what defines this innovativeness. The main aspect for the sharing economy as a whole is the peer-to-peer (P2P) organization of its businesses. This allows sharing platforms to enter markets more easily, consequently increasing competition in these markets.
This study delivers the first empirical findings on the relevance of digitisation to improving material efficiency based on the German company survey ‘IW-Zukunftspanel’.