A Cornell research team – including SDS's Marty Wells – analyzed data collected by Uber and Lyft to determine how much drivers on these platforms earn per hour in the City of Seattle.
Their findings: Seattle drivers on these platforms made over $23 per hour, after expenses.
Ride-sharing companies have been routinely knocked for exploiting gig workers by not paying adequate wages. These findings suggest otherwise. This piece from the NY Times looks at the team's research... and the subsequent criticism of the team's approach.
“Given what we had read about the ride-sharing economy, we were extremely surprised by our result,” said Louis Hyman, an economic historian who was the Cornell study’s lead author.