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The Social Costs of Uber

19 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015 Last revised: 6 Jun 2015

Brishen Rogers

Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: January 31, 2015

Abstract

The rise of the car-sharing company Uber will likely have mixed effects on labor standards. On the one hand, Uber’s partial consolidation of the car-hire sector and its compilation of data on passenger and driver behavior could enable the company and regulators to ensure safety and root out discrimination against passengers with relative ease. In that regard, Uber may be an improvement over the existing taxi sector, which is quite difficult to regulate. Uber’s longer-term impact on labor standards is quite unclear, however, and it may have dark implications for the future of low-wage work more generally.

Keywords: Sharing Economy, Labor Standards, Discrimination, Law and Economics

Suggested Citation

Rogers, Brishen, The Social Costs of Uber (January 31, 2015). University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue, Forthcoming; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608017

Brishen Rogers (Contact Author)

Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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