If Companies Had No Employees

Driven by technological and legal changes, how far can the “gig economy” go?

The Economist
Jul 12, 2018 · 7 min read
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The email that landed in Eva Smith’s mailbox at 7pm on Friday October 13th 2028 had the ominous subject line “Changes”. Ms Smith, a director at a private-equity firm in New York, opened it with trepidation. “Dear team,” it began, “You have probably heard rumours that we are shaking up…

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