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Economic Dynamics and Sustainable Development – Resources, Factors, Structures and Policies

Proceedings ESPERA 2015 – Part 1 and Part 2

Edited By Luminita Chivu, Constantin Ciutacu, Valeriu Ioan-Franc and Jean-Vasile Andrei

The book is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Romanian Academy. It contains the most valuable 100 papers presented at the International Conference «Economic Scientific Research – Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Approaches» (ESPERA 2015). The event is initiated annually by the National Institute for Economic Research «Costin C. Kirițescu» of the Romanian Academy. ESPERA aim to present and evaluate the economic scientific research portfolio as well as to argue and substantiate development strategies, including European and global best practices. ESPERA intend to become a scientific support for the conceptualization and the establishment of policies and strategies and to provide a systematic, permanent, wide and challenging dialogue within the European area of economic and social research.

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Geographies of Food Sharing. An Exploratory Study (Donatella Privitera)


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Donatella Privitera1

Geographies of Food Sharing. An Exploratory Study

Abstract: The sharing economy is a novel phenomenon used to define a universe of practices/initiatives and collaborative consumption economy based on sharing. Using the internet, collaborative consumption includes product service systems in which consumers pay a fee for sharing a given resource, but it also includes redistribution markets. Sharing is often confused with gift giving and commodity exchange and because sharing is commonplace, it is often taken for granted (Belk, 2010). Beyond new ideas, users tend to be motivated by economic, environmental and social factors. This paper discusses food sharing, which clearly comes under the collaborative consumption model that is based on sharing. Following an overview of the sharing economy, the paper examines food-sharing platforms that are taking the social activity of dining to new levels to study the strategic choices made. By adopting a qualitative case study approach, it provides a starting point for future studies.


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