Gig Economy Workers: Modelling and Estimating Anticipatory Behavior

Gad Allon, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Abstract: The topic of the Gig economy has received considerable attention recently. Once a small minority of low-skilled workers with relatively low income, the gig economy now attracts high-skilled workers who are opting to join a flexible workforce. The main goal of this study is to better understand how workers make decisions, not only when they work, but primarily when they are completing a task and awaiting their next opportunity. In particular, we are interested in studying how such workers behave in anticipating their next tasks.