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Understanding Peer Accommodation in Developed and Developing Countries

The sharing economy is redefining circulation --of people, goods, and resources. In particular, shared accommodation services through which peers can post, find, and book accommodation made available by others, are used by people worldwide. Despite this success, relatively little academic work has done to understand practices and perceptions of peer accomodation.

Our project, through an interdisciplinary approach, aims to understand how peer accommodation services are perceived and used in developed and developing countries, with Switzerland and Mexico as case studies. Putting emphasis on both psychological and computational aspects, the project spans field work, lab experiments, crowdsourcing, and data mining to study peer accomodation in the two target countries.

The project is supported by the EPFL-UNIL
Program on Cross-Disciplinary Research on Science and Society (CROSS).