The sharing economy is disrupting how Americans get around (Uber and Lyft) and where we stay when we travel (Airbnb, FlipKey, and HomeAway). These peer-to-peer platforms make it easy for regular people to deliver cheap, safe, and unique experiences to perfect strangers via an app.
However, a handful of discrimination reports on these platforms remind us that the sharing economy may not be immune from human frailties and prejudices. But how widespread is the problem?
Airbnb is making an aggressive effort to confront discrimination among users.
Romina Boccia, an Airbnb host and Deputy Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, will join me for a discussion of the new policies and what they mean for the broader sharing economy.
Join us Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 pm Eastern for our Facebook Live discussion.
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Patrice Lee Onwuka is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a contributor to Bold Global Media.
Patrice has worked in policy, media, and consulting roles on youth and women’s issues. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, the Washington Times, the New York Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets. She is a regular guest on Fox News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and PBS programs.
Patrice holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston College. Follow her @PatricePinkFile