Male Uber Drivers Earn More Than Women...But Why?

Brett Blume
February 07, 2018 - 2:23 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A recent study by researchers at Uber, Stanford and the University of Chicago shows that male Uber drivers in the United States earn 7 percent more per hour than women.

Professor John A. List with the university, and a co-author of the paper, says they made an interesting discovery as to part of the reason for that gender pay gap.

"Men actually drive faster than women," List told KMOX, "and that causes them to earn about 50 percent more, or explains 50 percent of the pay gap in terms of men earning more than women."

The rest of the discrepancy boils down to men having more experience, working longer hours and later at night, and being willing to drive during times where they can take advantage of surge pricing.

What they also determined, according to List, is that it's not the fault of Uber customers deliberately short-changing women drivers.

"So riders like me, riders like you, we don't discriminate between male and female drivers," he explained. "So right away, we took off discrimination as a potential explanation."

According to the study's findings, "This suggests that, as the gig economy grows and brings more flexibility in employment, women's relatively high opportunity cost of non-paid-work time and gender-based preference differences can perpetuate a gender earnings cap even in the absence of discrimination."