How Big is the Gig? The Extensive Margin, The Intensive Margin, and The Hidden Margin

Anat Bracha, Mary A. Burke*

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Abstract

This paper presents survey measures of informal "gig" work in the United States along both the extensive and intensive margins. Focusing on labor-intensive activities, the total amount of gig work performed by U.S. household heads in 2015 was equivalent to 3.77 million full-time jobs, of which 20 percent came from online work. We also find that this nonstandard work is partly hidden: over 15 percent of non-retired gig workers would get classified as not in the labor force, 5 percent would get classified as unemployed, and the full-time employment rate would increase significantly if informal hours are fully counted.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101974
JournalLabour Economics
Volume69
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Keywords

  • Current Population Survey
  • Employment statistics
  • Gig economy
  • Hours
  • Informal work
  • Intensive margin

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