Anna Bernasek

New York Times

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Author of The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth Is Built on Trust and What That Means for Our Future, she writes the "Datapoints" column at the New York Times

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Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption" with Internet companies like  Airbnb ,  RelayRides ,  Liquid Space  and  TaskRabbit .

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption" with Internet companies like Airbnb , RelayRides , Liquid Space and TaskRabbit .

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Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption" with Internet companies like  Airbnb ,  RelayRides ,  Liquid Space  and  TaskRabbit .

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption" with Internet companies like Airbnb , RelayRides , Liquid Space and TaskRabbit .

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The consumer economy is facing a challenge from what’s called the “sharing economy”—a new way of introducing people who own things to people who need to use them.

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

The consumer economy is facing a challenge from what’s called the “sharing economy”—a new way of introducing people who own things to people who need to use them.

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