Governments around the world are coming to grips with the full scale of impacts and challenges brought on by sharing economy platforms. This report by the French Office of the Inspector General for Social Affairs, authored by Nicolas Amar and Louis-Charles Viossat, is France’s first attempt to asses in detail the range of social challenges arising from the expansion of platforms like Uber, Airbnb and Leboncoin.

In particular, the report focuses on the economic well-being of platform workers, and puts forward 36 recommendations for improving labour conditions and social protections for people earning a living in the collaborative economy.  Among these, the authors suggest a simplified status of ‘micro-entrepreneur’ for collaborative platform workers (earning less than 1,500 € per year), the creation of a digital social security branch adapted to self-employed collaborative workers, and new programs to improve access to credit and housing for collaborative workers.

Executive summary available in English. Full study available in French only.