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The Myth of the Sharing Economy and its Implications for Regulating Innovation


While much has been written about the benefits of the sharing economy and how to regulate it, this presentation provides a useful critique of the sharing economy by exploring the intersection between narrative and regulation. In particular, the presentation details how sharing economy companies use myth to convince people that the sharing economy is comprised of self-regulating platforms, which allow microentrepreneurs to utilize their excess capacity in an altruistic manner. However, the sharing economy is actually comprised of companies driven as much by market forces and failures as any taxicab company or hotel chain. As the presentation shows, this Myth not only harms platform users, the environment, and the culture and diversity of communities, it helps sharing economy platforms become powerful influencers on governments.

About the Speaker

Abbey Stemler is an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She is a leading scholar on the sharing economy and has published multiple articles on the subject—including her most recent article in the Emory Law Journal. Professor Stemler is also a practicing attorney, entrepreneur (she sold her first business at age 29), and avid traveler.   She currently teaches a variety of courses including entrepreneurship law, business law, and critical thinking.   She graduated magna cum laude from the Maurer School of Law and has her MBA and BA from Indiana University. 

Abbey Stemler

Event Details

Date 9 January 2018 (Tuesday)
Time 2:00 - 3:30 pm (Presentations and Q&As)
Venue G001, G/F, Lee Shau Kee Business Building
Admission All HKUST students
Language English


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