Drivers of disruption?: estimating the Uber effect

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Author: Berger, Thor; Chen, Chinchih; Frey, Carl Benedikt


A frequent belief is that the rise of the 'sharing economy' has led to the displacement of workers in a wide range of traditional jobs. This paper examines the impacts of the flagship of the sharing economy - Uber - on workers employed in conventional taxi services. [The authors'] analysis exploits the staggered rollout of Uber across US cities, showing that employment of payroll taxi services if anything expanded after the introduction of the Uber platform, accompanied by a marked relative shift towards self-employment. While [the authors] find no evidence of adverse employment impacts,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Employment; Technology; Income; Outcomes

Keywords: Technological change; Online system; Work organisation; Employment pattern; Self employment; Wage; Trend

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Oxford, England: Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, 2017

Physical description: 11 p.

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Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.598

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