Introduction to the Handbook of the Sharing Economy: the paradox of the sharing economy

Published on Sep 27, 2019
· DOI :10.4337/9781788110549.00005
Russell W. Belk90
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Giana M. Eckhardt22
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Fleura Bardhi14
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