Airbnb: ¿economía colaborativa o nuevo modelo de negocio? Evidencia empírica reciente desde una ciudad de tamaño medio como Bilbao

  1. Itziar Aguado-Moralejo 1
  2. Carmen Echebarria 1
  3. Jose M. Barrutia 1
  1. 1 Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Lejona, España


Investigaciones Geográficas (España)

ISSN: 0213-4691 1989-9890

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 76

Pages: 97-118

Type: Article

DOI: 10.14198/INGEO.18910 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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The sharing economy is a controversial concept built around the advancement of information and communication technologies, digital platforms, and the exchange (usually occasional and for a limited time) of underused assets between suppliers and consumers. Airbnb, the leading digital platform connecting hosts with guests, argues that its activities respond to this new economic model, especially the service of shared rental housing. This article, based on the treatment and refinement of different statistical and cartographic sources: (1) broadens the base of empirical evidence on Airbnb's activities in a medium-sized European city like Bilbao; and (2) analyses what Airbnb's offer in Bilbao tells us about the degree to which Airbnb contributes to the sharing economy. The analysis clearly shows that ‘homesharing’ is relevant, but the commercial offer is also highly significant, although geographically uneven, in the way that the platform operates in the city. Digital platforms are an increasingly relevant part of tourist accommodation activities worldwide, and it is, therefore, necessary to go deeper into the debate on the relationship between platforms and the sharing economy

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