Taking Another Look at the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners

Key Findings

More and more people are driving on the Uber platform

Note: Figure based on U.S. UberBLACK and uberX driver-partners providing at least four rides in any month (1,085,765 individuals). Source: Uber administrative data. An active driver-partner is defined as a driver-partner who completed at least four trips in the month.

Hourly earnings remained stable over time even as prices fell

Note: Sample consists of all U.S. uberX and UberBlack driver-partners spending at least an hour online in a given week in the 20 BSG U.S. cities surveyed in 2014. A one-percent trimmed mean of average hourly earnings across drivers was calculated for each city, and cities were weighted by the total number of trips provided in the city in October 2014 to hold constant changes in the distribution of drivers across cities.

Hourly earnings aren’t related to how many hours someone drives per week

Drivers’ expenses vary by type of vehicle and driving styles

Flexibility is (still) everything

Note: Sample consists of all U.S. uberX and uberBlack driver-partners spending at least an hour online in a given week in 20 BSG US cities surveyed in 2014.

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