Das PEW Research Center hat vor einigen Tagen eine Studie zur US-amerikanischen Plattformökonomie veröffentlicht (vgl. zum Phänomen der »Plattformlogik als digitale Marktordnung«: Kirchner/Beyer 2016a, 2016b). Ihre Ergebnisse basieren auf einer Befragung von ca. 4000 US-Amerikanern via Mail und Web:
»In the context of gig employment, nearly one-in-ten Americans (8%) have earned money in the last year using digital platforms to take on a job or task. Meanwhile, nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) have earned money in the last year by selling something online, while 1% have rented out their properties on a home-sharing site. Adding up everyone who has performed at least one of these three activities, some 24% of American adults have earned money in the ›platform economy‹ over the last year.
[…] Participation in labor platforms, for example, is more common among blacks and Latinos than among whites, more common among those with relatively low household incomes than those with relatively high household incomes, and more common among young adults than any other age group. But when it comes to capital platforms such as online selling, the reverse is true […]. Some 60% of labor platform users say that the money they earn from these sites is ›essential‹ or ›important‹ to their overall financial situations, but just one-in-five online sellers (20%) describe the money that they earn in similar terms.«