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Gig Economy: A Research Guide

This guide provides resources for researchers interested in the gig economy industry covering history, gig types and gig strategies, market strategies, statistical data, industry associations, and industry news.


Carol M. Highsmith. The smallest of restaurant delivery vehicles in Waterford, Michigan. Note the humorous slogan on the door, describing the L.A. Cafe's range of customers. 2019. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The gig economy refers to a sector of the economy where people engage in short-term, or task or project jobs usually arranged with the help of a digital platform. Finding information on specific gig jobs in this sector can be challenging since gig workers are classified differently on various online platforms and company websites. Additionally, the gig economy is decentralized, which makes it difficult to gather statistics about workers in this industry. 

The purpose of this guide is to help researchers understand the gig economy's growth and provide resources for researching on-demand jobs. It covers various topics such as the history of the gig economy, gig types, search strategies, definitions, market strategies, statistical data, industry associations, and industry news.

Our guide provides a list of print materials from our catalog, internet websites, and subscription databases. If you need more books or materials on the gig economy, search for additional titles in the "Search the Library's Catalog" page.

About the Business Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Business Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.