Work and Employment in the Platform Economy

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Beijing, China

Recent advances in digital technology, particularly the massive growth in the volume of digitized 
information available and the vastly improved performance of data processing and modelling software, have driven a rapidly rising model of business—online platforms that connect thousands of suppliers and customers to form so-called two-sided markets (Rochet & Tirole, 2003; Zhu & Iansiti, 2012). 

What are the new types of jobs and new professional identities in the platform economy? How do they
differ from traditional ones?

How will employment relationships change in the platform economy? What are the challenges for
existing labor laws, regulations, and public policies? How should policy makers respond? 

We invite you to explore these and other questions during our second annual conference, which will be held in Beijing.

The first two days will focus on academic research concerning the platform economy, while the third day will feature presentations and interactions with Alibana, Didi, WUBA, and other leading platform companies.



Wilma Liebman, Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers SMLR and former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, will be among the keynote speakers. 


Call for Papers:

View our call for papers and deadlines. 



This event is organized by the Rutgers-Renmin Center for Global Work and Employment, a partnership between Rutgers SMLR and the School of Labor and Human Resources at Renmin University of China. 


More Information:

For more information, contact Dr. Mingwei Liu at