This paper combines a survey of Uber driver-partners with an analysis of Uber administrative data to provide a better understanding of this rapidly-growing group in the United States. Uber driver-partners are younger, more female, and more likely to have a college degree than taxi drivers and chauffeurs. About two-thirds of drivers have a part-time or full-time job outside the platform, but Uber can also serve as a transition between jobs: one-third of drivers reported that an important reason to drive with Uber was “to earn money while looking for a steady, full-time job”. The analysis of internal Uber data also highlights the flexible, customizable nature of driving with Uber: about half of active drivers spend 1-15 hours per week on the platform, and a further 30 percent drive less than 35 hours per week. Furthermore, almost half of all drivers increase or decrease their hours worked by at least 50 percent from one week to the next.
Jonathan Hall, Alan Krueger
Economics and Market Design