It’s illegal for Uber workers to strike. Marshall Steinbaum explains why.

“You can get employer monopsony power without the out-and-out control of an entire labor market by a single employer.” – Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah

“Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control.” At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Why did Uber driver’s strike?
  • What makes the gig economy examples more complex?
  • What is the difference between the gig economy labor and employment relationships? 
  • What should an independent contractor relationship look like?
  • Who is an independent contractor?
  • What are the markers of employer and employee relationships as opposed to independent contractor relationship.
  • How does antitrust factor in to these issues?
  • Proposed solutions to the gig economy and labor laws
  • How these companies exercise control over their workers
  • Good news about the gig economy

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Marshall Steinbaum is a Research Director and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where he researches market power and inequality. He has worked for the Center for Equitable Growth and had a Ph.D from the University of Chicago. He has written an SSRN anti-trust gig economy and labor article and appears the book The President’s House is Empty: Losing and Gaining Public Goods.

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Google and Facebook are monopolies. Does it matter? Feat. Sally Hubbard

In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Sally Hubbard, antitrust expert and investigative journalist at The Capitol Forum. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is Antitrust law?
  • Is fake news an antitrust problem?
  • How monopolies amplify inequality
  • What would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies?

As an antitrust expert and investigative journalist, Sally Hubbard has forged a successful career specializing in tech platforms, competition and regulatory risk. Currently leading The Capitol Forum’s coverage of monopolization issues, Sally’s expertise in antitrust and tech giants, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, yields predictive analysis of regulatory outcomes. Sally founded and hosts Women Killing It!, a podcast series that interviews career rockstars to find out what has worked for them, how they got where they are today, and what they wish they knew sooner.

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