Graduate School of Business
Institutional Affiliation: Stanford University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2018||The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers|
with Rebecca Diamond, Jonathan Hall, John A. List, Paul Oyer: w24732
The growth of the “gig” economy generates worker flexibility that, some have speculated, will favor women. We explore this by examining labor supply choices and earnings among more than a million rideshare drivers on Uber in the U.S. We document a roughly 7% gender earnings gap amongst drivers. We completely explain this gap and show that it can be entirely attributed to three factors: experience on the platform (learning-by-doing), preferences over where to work (driven largely by where drivers live and, to a lesser extent, safety), and preferences for driving speed. We do not find that men and women are differentially affected by a taste for specific hours, a return to within-week work intensity, or customer discrimination. Our results suggest that there is no reason to expect the “gig” ...