The Institute for Workplace Studies is launching a new data portal on the gig economy, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute (https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/12/ilr-school-aspen-institute-develop-gig-economy-data-hub). The Summer Fellow will help in collecting data sets, analyzing them, coding them, and posting them on the website. Curiosity and competence are both prerequisites for this position. The fellow will need to take ownership of his or her work stream and operate without close supervision.
Gig work in the U.S. is growing, but estimates of its size range from less than 1 percent to more than 40 percent, depending on the definitions used. The varying estimates are based on the use of a wide range of data sources. The goal of the Gig Economy Data Hub is to serve as a centralized repository of information to address key questions about the size and composition of the gig economy. A better understanding of the data sources and their strengths and weaknesses will help researchers and policymakers identify effective policy solutions for gig economy workers. The IWS summer fellow will have the opportunity to gain a great deal of knowledge about this growing and evolving part of the world of work.