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The silver economy on wheels: a narrative review of the mature-aged, hypermobile gig worker phenomena


Eager, B and Maritz, A and Millemann, J, The silver economy on wheels: a narrative review of the mature-aged, hypermobile gig worker phenomena, Small Enterprise Research pp. 1-18. ISSN 1321-5906 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13215906.2022.2032295


In this narrative review, we provide a historical overview of the rising trend towards vehicle-based living, focusing on mature-aged, hypermobile, gig workers. We draw on findings from several bodies of literature, including road-based tourism and digital nomadism, as well as narratives from popular culture artefacts. Focusing on the nexus of tourism, housing, senior entrepreneurship, remote work, and active ageing, we identify opportunities for the growing silver economy, including ways for regional areas to attract patronage and leverage purchasing decisions associated with shifting population demographics. Scholarly awareness of this previously neglected, and largely invisible cohort of society is weak. Further research is proposed to aid in better understanding the needs of mature-aged, hypermobile gig workers, and associated market opportunities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vanlife, digital nomad, seniorpreneur, gig economy, van dwellers, silver economy, remote work, hypermobility, mature-aged
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Entrepreneurship
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Economic issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Eager, B (Dr Bronwyn Eager)
ID Code:149992
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2022-05-06
Last Modified:2022-05-18

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