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Global gig economy: lifting people out of poverty

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Data-based tasks that used to be carried out by white-collar workers in the West can now be completed by people anywhere in the world. It is an industry thought to be worth $50bn a year.

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What's your opinion of the global gig economy?
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Interesting topic how gig market economy is changing.
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As someone has worked in the gig economy, and who knows several people who have, I speak from experience. It may feel in the beginning that you are taking your fate in your own hands, being entrepreneurial, but after you realize you pay all your own expenses: use your own car, pay all your own meals, pay self employment taxes, all social security tax, and other hidden expenses; once it dawns on you, as you reach the end of your contract and add it all up, the money isn't what you think it'll be, and if you are wondering if you'll be picked up again, or if you have to search for another gig, you realize this is a scheme that benefits employers, who get a break on taxes, don't have to pay any benefits--that's huge--and can simply decide that don't want you or need you anymore, the insecurity of this situation gets real.
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The gig economy plays to the American narrative of self reliance and entrepreneurialism, the notion of the lone hero, taking the world on his back, and making it happen. Of course, libertarians and neoliberals love it because it echoes the fantasies of Ayn Rand. But it is fundamentally a race to the bottom in which the working class will lose and lose, and the capitalist class will win and win. Try driving your car into the ground doing uber for 9$/hr and then add it up at the end of the year, at tax time, and take a look at your car repair bill and the gas bill, see how good the gig economy looks then!
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As someone who has managed quite of few of these contracts, this is a good way to end up spending more money and getting pretty much nothing in return. Spoiler alert, you have no recourse. Oh and as an added bonus they sell your information to the highest bidder.
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From people with nil opportunity to limitless, the gig economy is a godsend. Beats me why this is difficult to understand, seeing some comments here.
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Raise the incentive to do this by raising the minimum wage in the US to $15/hour
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thankfully you can’t automate nurse jobs!
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Glad he's gainfully employed, but we've seen this before. First it was called globalization, then outsourcing and now"Human Cloud". Ultimately a mixed bag, same winners and losers.
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We are a part of the global gig economy.
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everyone is better off.
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