Sharing Is Not Caring: The Hidden Downsides of a Shared Economy

Jul 19, 2017

By now we’ve all heard Airbnb’s much-refuted claims that it doesn’t affect affordable housing and simply helps middle-class families earn extra money. But in a recent op-ed for The Hill, Raoul Lowery Contreras writes that Airbnb and the short-term rental economy is actually “benefiting very few at the expense of many.” How, you ask?...

Thune’s Gig Economy Bill: A Step Toward Leveling the Playing Field

Jul 15, 2017

We’ve written before about the glaring issues that Airbnb has with paying taxes. New legislation proposed by Senator John Thune (R-SD) this week seeks to level the playing field by requiring companies that operate in the so-called “sharing economy” (including Airbnb) to report the earnings of millions of people. This would be a big improvement.

The Real Airbnb

Dec 6, 2016

Since its inception, Airbnb has claimed to be a lot of things. The nice guy of the sharing economy, the little guy of the lodging industry and a friend of the community, ready and willing to work with the cities it operates in. Now that Airbnb is a $30 billion company, how many of...