Special Issue "Gender Gaps in Digital Labour Platforms"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 197

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marcella Corsi
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Department of Statistics, Sapienza University of Rome, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: gender economics; labour economics; human development; data feminism
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Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Università degli studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Piazza Cesare Battisti, Bari, Italy
Interests: labour markets; technological change; employment dynamics; income and inequalities; digital platforms; gender studies; development economics
Department of Statistics, Sapienza University of Rome, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: financial literacy; machine learning; decision trees; random forest; gradient boosting; self-efficacy in higher education; gender gaps; maternal employment; Argentina; Guatemala
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite considerable debate on digital work platforms, studies incorporating gender perspectives remain uncommon. 

We seek contributions to provide a gender analysis of digital labour platforms in different parts of the world, beginning with the assumption that technology is not gender-neutral, and employment patterns in the platform economy might echo those of the traditional labour market. We are particularly interested in empirical findings on female access to platform work, occupational segregation, and precarious organizational and working conditions. 

The available empirical evidence suggests that platform work does not present itself as a completely free choice, but rather as a source of employment opportunities for the integration of women as a disadvantaged group lacking better options. 

To date, the digital labour market has not been able to deliver on the promises of flexibility and increased female labour participation that could have produced greater gender equality. This is not necessarily because of the platforms themselves, but because of the lack of policies that address the unequal organization of productive and reproductive labour, both online and offline. 

The goal of policy and social partners should, then, be to ensure effective labour protection within these new employment patterns. This would prevent platforms perpetuating exploitative female labour practices, amplifying existing gender gaps, and promising unsubstantiated revolutions of increased flexibility and equality.  

Prof. Dr. Marcella Corsi
Dr. Cirillo Valeria
Dr. Zacchia Giulia
Guest Editors

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  • digital labour platforms
  • gender equality
  • crowd working
  • occupational segregation
  • flexibility
  • decent work
  • discrimination
  • productive and reproductive labour

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