Measuring the Impact of Ride-Hailing Firms on Urban Congestion: The Case of Uber in Europe and United States
28 Pages Posted: 31 May 2019
Date Written: May 9, 2019
This paper examines the impact of Uber, the world’s largest ride-hailing firm, on congestion. Drawing on data from large urban areas in Europe and the United States for the period 2008 through 2016, it finds a negative impact of Uber on congestion in Europe and a positive impact in the United States. Results suggest that ride-hailing firms have brought about an increase in vehicle utilization of for-hire cars with drivers in Europe, while they have promoted an increase in the size of the for-hire car with drivers sector in the United States.
Keywords: urban congestion, ride-hailing firms, Uber, Europe, United States
JEL Classification: R00, R41, Q50
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