In Part II of our discussion on the sharing economy, Professor Arun Sundararajan turns his focus to some of the social impacts of the sharing economy:

:20 How have social media platforms affected sharing economy platforms?
1:17 What does the rise of the sharing economy mean for the value of ownership?
2:17 Can the sharing economy really combat things like loneliness and isolation?
3:22 Will the sharing economy lead to greater or lesser equality?
3:51 Can the sharing economy help combat ingrained social biases?

The answers may surprise you, in the sense that the immediately obvious answers give way to profound insights into how the sharing economy forces us to confront assumptions about ownership, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and the thread that holds all of these together: human connection.

Arun Sundararajan is Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also heads the Social Cities Initiative at NYU's Center for Urban Science+Progress, and is an affiliated faculty member at NYU's Center for Data Science. Professor Sundararajan's research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. Some of his current and recent research focuses on the ... View Profile