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MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are delivering pitiful levels of take-home pay to the hundreds of thousands of US independent contractors providing their own vehicles and driving skills to deliver the core service, according to an MIT CEEPR study examining the economics of the two app platforms. The report catalyses the debate about conditions for workers on gig economy platforms, and raises serious questions about the wider societal impacts of tax avoiding, VC-funded tech giants. The study, entitled The Economics of Ride-Hailing: Driver Revenue, Expenses and Taxes, and which was carried out by…

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The Gig Economy’s Tipping Point

The gig economy used to be so blissfully, mindlessly simple: Open app, order service, auto-pay. Boom—that’s it. Then side-gig platforms started turning this refreshingly straightforward transaction into an on-demand guilt trip by asking customers to tip. Wait. Before you @ me (#heartlesscheapskate), hear me out. I have no problem opening my digital wallet so that the first-name-only hero shuttling me through rush hour traffic or building my Ikea bookcase can earn what she deserves. I just don’t want their paycheck left to the discretion of randos like me. Because guess…

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How Uber is growth hacking in Spain despite regulatory roadblocks

Taxi drivers in Spain are protesting againstride-hailing appsUber and Cabifytoday, holdingreports suggest 20,000 protestors took to the streets in Madrid. Meanwhile, bothcompanies are continuing to recruit drivers using another Spanish startup, protests from the taxi industry over what they perceive as unfair competition and changing regulatory winds. Urdiales says local rulesallow for two drivers to be staffed per private driver license on average, while licenses are typically tied to companies rather than individuals thereby allowing Uber and Cabify to beable to recruit more drivers (via thesethird party license holders), and…

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