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A gig and a dream


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-04-07 22:21:48 viewed: 659


The growth of the informal labour market has enhanced the illusion that it can participate as a predicate for healthy employment.  Studies evaluated the emergence of the informal labour market.  Sterling and Merluzzi (2019) study hiring arrangements prior to full-time employment status such as temp-to-perm, internships, or returnships in the informal labour economy.  Dazzi (2019) provides a quantitative analysis of workforce turnover to profits of informal labour platforms.  Xu and Coatney (2015) examine partial collusion and profits in product market segmentation.

Companies in informal labour market are often able to mask employment practices and shield themselves from labour laws by categorizing work as a task other than labour.  Kost, Fieseler, and Wong (2020) exemplify neutral terms for informal economies such as app-based platform, transportation network, and sharing-based marketplace.  Benson, Sojourner, and Umyarov (2019) highlight the affinity for opportunistic employers to informal labour markets and propose informal labour employees are enabled to review employers.  Galfalvi, Hooley, and Neary (2020) study the career advice given to adolescents regarding informal economy careers.  Blackham (2018) observes that the informal labour market enlarges traditional labour trends of insecure work, complex work arrangements, and discrimination.  Ouédraogo (2017) explore a relationship between corruption in governance and the informal labour sector.





Benson, A., Sojourner, A., & Umyarov, A. (2019). Can reputation discipline the gig economy? Experimental evidence from an online labor market. Management Science, 66(5), 1802-1825. doi:10.1287/mnsc.2019.3303

Blackham, A. (2018). 'We are all entrepreneurs now': Options and new approaches for adapting equality law for the “gig economy”. 34(The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations), 413-434.

Dazzi, D. (2019). Gig Economy in Europe. Italian Labour Law e-Journal, 2(12).

Galfalvi, E., Hooley, T., & Neary, S. (2020). Are young people aged 16-19 using or expecting to use the gig economy for their careers.

Kost, D., Fieseler, C., & Wong, S. I. (2020). Boundaryless careers in the gig economy: An oxymoron? Human Resource Management Journal, 30(1), 100-113. doi:

Ouédraogo, I. M. (2017). Governance, corruption, and the informal economy. Modern Economy, 8, 256-271.

Sterling, A., & Merluzzi, J. (2019). A longer way in: Tryouts as alternative hiring arrangements in organizations. Research in Organizational Behavior, 39, 100122. doi:

Xu, X., & Coatney, K. T. (2015). Product market segmentation and output collusion within substitute products. Journal of Economics and Business, 77, 1-15. doi:


Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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