Sharing Economy Editor Article Selection

By Susan Shaheen Editorial Board Member of Transport Policy

In recent years, economic, environmental, and social forces have quickly given rise to the “sharing economy,” a collective of entrepreneurs and consumers leveraging technology to share resources, save money, and generate capital. Homesharing services, such as Airbnb, and business-to-consumer carsharing services, such as Zipcar, have become part of a sociodemographic trend that has pushed the sharing economy from the fringe and more to the mainstream. The role of shared mobility in the broader landscape of urban mobility has become a frequent topic of discussion. Major shared transportation modes—such as bikesharing, carsharing, ridesourcing, and microtransit—are changing how people travel and are having a transformative effect on cities around the world. Rather than making decisions between modes, travelers can make decisions among modes, optimizing routes, travel times and costs.


Read selected papers on the sharing economy chosen and introduced by Transport Policy’s Susan Shaheen, University of Berkley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center. These papers are free to access online until 31 August 2017.

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Selected articles

Mobility and the sharing economy

Susan A. Shaheen
Transport Policy
Volume 51, October 2016, Pages 141–142

You are what you can access: Sharing and collaborative consumption online

Russell Belk
Journal of Business Research
Volume 67, Issue 8, August 2014, Pages 1595–1600

The sharing economy: A pathway to sustainability or a nightmarish form of neoliberal capitalism?

Chris J. Martin
Ecological Economics
Volume 121, January 2016, Pages 149–159

Trust and reputation in the sharing economy: The role of personal photos in Airbnb

Eyal Ert, Aliza Fleischer, Nathan Magen
Tourism Management
Volume 55, August 2016, Pages 62–73

Effect of sharing economy on tourism industry employment

Bin Fang, Qiang Ye, Rob Law
Annals of Tourism Research
Volume 57, March 2016, Pages 264–267

Just a better taxi? A survey-based comparison of taxis, transit, and ridesourcing services in San Francisco

Lisa Rayle, Danielle Dai, Nelson Chan, Robert Cervero, Susan Shaheen
Transport Policy
Volume 45, January 2016, Pages 168–178

Taxi apps, regulation, and the market for taxi journeys

Simon Harding, Milind Kandlikar, Sumeet Gulati
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume 88, June 2016, Pages 15–25

Casual carpooling in the San Francisco Bay Area: Understanding user characteristics, behaviors, and motivations

Susan A. Shaheen, Nelson D. Chan, Teresa Gaynor
Transport Policy
Volume 51, October 2016, Pages 165–173

Can carsharing meet the mobility needs for the low-income neighborhoods? Lessons from carsharing usage patterns in New York City

Kyeongsu Kim
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume 77, July 2015, Pages 249–260

Personal vehicle sharing services in North America

Susan A. Shaheen, Mark A. Mallery, Karla J. Kingsley
Research in Transportation Business & Management
Volume 3, August 2012, Pages 71–81

Good practices for advancing urban mobility innovation: A case study of one-way carsharing

Clara Terrien, Rémi Maniak, Ph.D., Bo Chen, Susan Shaheen, Ph.D.
Research in Transportation Business & Management
Volume 20, September 2016, Pages 20–32

Understanding the diffusion of public bikesharing systems: evidence from Europe and North America

Stephen D. Parkes, Greg Marsden, Susan A. Shaheen, Adam P. Cohen
Journal of Transport Geography
Volume 31, July 2013, Pages 94–103

Exploring bikesharing travel time and trip chain by gender and day of the week

Jinbao Zhao, Jian Wang, Wei Deng
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
Volume 58, Part B, September 2015, Pages 251–264


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