Five years ago, before it was even a thing, Diane Mulcahy created and began teaching an MBA class on The Gig Economy at Babson College. The class gained immediate traction and was named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. Her book The Gig Economy is a guide to the world of short-term jobs, contract work, consulting projects, and freelance assignments.
Lonnie Golden is a Professor of Economics and Labor & Employment Relations at Penn State University, Abington College. His research analyzes trends in working hours, overtime, overwork, overemployment and underemployment, work schedule flexibility and variability, labor market and workplace flexibility, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), work-sharing, part-time work, time-use, work-family and health consequences, non-standard and contingent employment and employment policies.
"Inspiring a more positive and holistic approach to corporate sustainability that no longer neglects worker well-being and drives a NetPositive impact on people and the planet is the future of business. Enriching the nature of work as if our health depends on it raises impactful opportunities for nurturing creativity, innovation, and even mindfulness of our natural environment."
Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is the author of “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press.
Some of the highest employment rates in the advanced world are in places with the highest taxes and most generous welfare systems, namely Scandinavian countries. The United States and many other nations with relatively low taxes and a smaller social safety net actually have substantially lower rates of employment.