The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
As a Federal employee who travels using AirBnB has saved the U.S. government tax payers money. In one instance I traveled to Omaha Nebraska to be faced with regional lodging expenses way above the per diem rate due to the College World Series. By staying at an AirBnB near by Offutt AFB I not only got more than what I expected but the charge was way below the government lodging rate. We also hosted to a family with children who are allergic to hotel rugs. Although people will still use hotels, the sharing economy satisfies a necessary niche that helps guests and hosts alike. It helped many pay their mortgages and costly home repairs. It has also made my wife and I entrepreneurs and much more productive members of society. It leverages the average person to use available resources to contribute in a productive way.