The organizations and databases listed here contain materials that range from opinion briefs to original research reports. For the most part, they are non-profit, non-partisan think tanks that conduct research on the gig economy as it relates to their primary area of focus (for instance, workers’ rights or public transit). All of them have proven important resources of factual information for scholars writing on gig work and the gig economy more generally, and many of their publications are cited extensively in academic writing.

National Employment Law Project


NELP is a national workers’ advocacy organization that blends research and policy work across a broad range of issues relevant to the American labor force. Over the last several years, it has published several issue briefs and original research studies focusing on gig work.

Economic Policy Institute

EPI is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank committed to highlighting the needs of low- and middle-income working Americans. Its analyses of key issues pertaining to gig work have been an important resource for scholars and policymakers alike.

Cornell-ILR: Gig Economy Data Hub

The Gig Economy Data Hub is a joint venture between the Industrial & Labor Relations School at Cornell University and the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative. It brings together (mostly large scale, quantitative) studies of the gig economy that have been done by other entities.

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center has conducted some surveys regarding trends and opinions relating to the gig economy.


TransitCenter

The TransitCenter’s primary focus is on transforming public transit in a way that enables cities to thrive. Some of the original research done by its fellows focus on the impact of rideshare companies on urban infrastructure and the growing collaboration between rideshare companies and municipalities for the provision of low-cost public services. 

Data & Society

Data & Society is an independent, non-profit research institute that studies developments at the intersection of technology and society. Its original, qualitative research on the gig economy has been highly influential in shaping popular and academic views on gig labor as a genre of precarious work.

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is an advocacy organization that serves over 19,000 cities, towns, and villages. Its unparalleled reach among municipal officials has enabled it to produce several “state of the field” reports regarding the actual and perceived impact of the gig economy on urban governance.

New York Taxi Workers Alliance

The NYTWA began in 1998 as an advocacy organization for professional drivers in New York City and now counts 21,000 members. It has been deeply involved in studying the effects of rideshare services on taxi drivers and is instrumental in fighting for policies to help workers in what it terms “the city’s mobile sweatshop.”

Inside Airbnb

Inside Airbnb is an “independent, non-commercial set of tools and data” spearheaded by Murray Cox, an independent activist and technology specialist. The site aggregates publicly available data regarding Airbnb usage in several major metropolitan areas around the world.

Uber Movement

Uber Movement is a data aggregation website founded and managed by Uber that provides anonymized information from Uber rides around the world. Access to the site is available to anyone with an Uber account.