Archive for July, 2016

Freelancing in an Evolving Gig Economy

July 8th, 2016  |  Published in Other News and Events


Meeting Type:
CDPUG General Meeting

Reception Starts:
6:00 p.m.

Meeting Starts:
6:30 p.m.

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
1876 South Green Road
South Euclid, OH 44121
Driving and Parking Directions

Jenny Hawkins. Visiting CWRU Assistant Professor of Economics

Attendance free for members and guests. Food free for members.

The world of digital publishing is not new to a labor market based on independent contracting. However, freelance, independent contracting, and temporary “flexible” work now account for 30-50% of all US jobs, and this recent shift in our economy to more flexible work is bringing with it new issues in the labor market. What are the economic consequences for independent contractors? What impact does this have on upward mobility, retirement or healthcare? Currently, cities, states, and the federal government are proposing legislation to deal with labor rights for freelance workers. This conversation will dive into the evolving gig economy and the effects on the digital publishing labor market.

Speaker Bio:
Jenny Hawkins is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She taught at Oberlin College for three years and enjoyed Cleveland so much, she was able to stay through a position at Case. She completed her PhD in Economics at The University of Arizona. Her research is in microeconomic theory where she looks at antitrust and regulation, as well as topics in law and economics. Currently her research is looking at the gig economy, the topic for today, as well as antitrust policies during the Great Depression. She teaches courses in labor economics, law & economics, and business strategies.

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