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Labor Market Equilibration: Evidence from Uber

J. Hall, J. Horton, D. Knoepfle
Using a city-week panel of US ride-sharing markets created by Uber, we estimate the effects of sudden fare changes on market outcomes, focusing on the supply-side. [...] [PDF]

The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers

C. Cook, R. Diamond, J. Hall, J. A. List, P. Oyer
The growth of the “gig” economy generates worker flexibility that, some have speculated, will favor women. We explore this by examining labor supply choices and earnings among more than a million rideshare drivers on Uber in the U.S. [...] [PDF]

Uber vs Taxi: A Driver’s Eye View

J. Angrist, S. Caldwell, J. Hall
Ride-hailing drivers pay a proportion of their fares to the ride-hailing platform operator, a commission-based compensation model used by many internet-mediated service providers. To Uber drivers, this commission is known as the Uber fee. By contrast, traditional taxi drivers in most US cities make a fixed payment independent of their earnings, usually a weekly or daily medallion lease, but keep every fare dollar net of expenses. [...] [PDF]

An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States

J. Hall, A. Krueger
Uber, the ride-sharing company launched in 2010, has grown at an exponential rate. This paper provides the first comprehensive analysis of the labor market for Uber’s driver-partners, based on both survey and administrative data. [...] [PDF]

Using Big Data to Estimate Consumer Surplus: The Case of Uber

P. Cohen, R. Hahn, J. Hall, S. Levitt, R. Metcalfe
Estimating consumer surplus is challenging because it requires identification of the entire demand curve. We rely on Uber’s “surge” pricing algorithm and the richness of its individual level data to first estimate demand elasticities at several points along the demand curve. We then use these elasticity estimates to estimate consumer surplus. [...] [PDF]

The Effects of Uber’s Surge Pricing: A Case Study

J. Hall, C. Kendrick, C. Nosko
A sold-out concert in Madison Square Garden provides an illustration of the power of surge to equilibrate supply of and demand for rides with Uber. Surge pricing draws more drivers into the area after the concert ends, and causes riders to sort into requesting a ride (or closing the app without requesting a ride) according to their willingness to pay relative to taking an alternative form of transportation. [...] [PDF]