Saturday Night Special 6.23.18 | Labor and the Gig Economy

On this edition of the Saturday Night Special, host Amy Guth gathers a group of experts to tackle the topic of the “gig economy” and it’s effect on the American labor force.

Sarah Kessler,  author of Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work, parses through some of the broad findings of the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the size of the gig economy and exactly how many people are part of it. She also goes into the deep research behind her new book and shows what the gig economy looks like through first-hand experience.

Writer and reporter Lauren Markham discusses her piece for The Atlantic that narrows the focus of the gig economy to the many immigrant workers within it.  Markham reveals some of the hidden truths of working in the gig economy and how its intersection with immigrant workers may make their work lives much harder than others.

Finally, labor market economist Lawrence Mishel from the Economic Policy Institute dives into the hard numbers of Uber driver compensation and the relative size of Uber’s market share within the gig economy.