The disruptive effect of ridesourcing services on for-hire vehicle drivers’ income and employment

Ridesourcing companies such as Uber and Lyft are spreading across the United States and are thriving. As a result of ridesourcing expanding, there has been concern that the for-hire vehicle industry has disrupted the traditional taxi market, and those drivers are suffering. Based on 12-year Integrated Public Use Microdata Series datasets from 2005 to 2016, the authors investigate how the income, worker classification, and employment status of for-hire vehicle drivers in the United States had changed after Uber entered their local markets. They find that with the entry of Uber, the hourly wage income of for-hire drivers had decreased, the percentage of self-employed drivers had increased, and the likelihood of being employed had increased in “Uber-adopted” metropolitan areas. The results confirm the disruptive effect of ridesourcing services on the for-hire vehicle industry and its labor force in the United States. The analysis for the five largest metropolitan areas provides more detailed evidence of the effect of ridesourcing.


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  • Accession Number: 01731014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 2020 10:20AM