The sharing economy, or the sharing of goods and services peer-to-peer, is expanding rapidly across the United States. Many state and local governments are scrambling to figure out how and if sharing economy services such as Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft need or can be regulated. Cities large and small are developing new or expanded policies addressing the concerns of residents and interest groups to find a compromise between a potential economic engine and potential nuisances. Drawing on available literature and several case study cities, this paper examines the implications of the sharing economy, specifically the service Airbnb, on local government policymaking. Conclusively, cases are analyzed, policy implications are explored, and the future of policies regarding the sharing economy is discussed.
Mehmed, Nathaniel R.
"Airbnb and the Sharing Economy: Policy Implications for Local Governments,"
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol12/iss1/6