Discuss the sharing economy from a supply and demand standpoint. How do companies like Uber and Airbnb affect supply and demand in the markets for shared rides (taxis, limos, etc.) and rented rooms, respectively?
- Why do you think these two companies continue to grow and remain successful?
- Some cities have fought to prevent companies like Uber and Airbnb for being able to conduct business. Explain why cities would do this, and discuss whether you agree or disagree with these cities. (Look up the city of Dallas and its ongoing entanglement with Uber.) - Explain who benefits and who loses when sharing-economy companies like Uber and Airbnb are allowed to operate.