Driving Low-Income Mothers to Greater Success: The Impact of Ride-Hailing on Income and Employment

"In many cities and towns throughout the United States, citizens with lower levels of education and skill confront challenges when seeking employment. The jobs best suited for their skills may be located in a different part of the metro area from their homes, and the existing public transportation system may not provide them with a practical way of interviewing for these jobs or commuting to them on a long-term basis. The rapid rise of ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, may provide a new opportunity to address these longstanding needs in a more cost-effective way. To examine the potential effectiveness of this new resource at expanding the mobility of citizens with special transportation needs, the research team plans to combine a large-scale field experiment with sophisticated data analysis to evaluate the impact of ride-hailing on individual mobility and employment outcomes. In doing so, the team will also make significant contributions to a long-standing literature in economics that has suffered from a lack of credible experimental evidence. This project should be viewed as ""phase two"" of the project begun with grant #170, ""Can Ridesharing Help the Disadvantaged Get Moving?"


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $90000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69 A 3551747111

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Pittsburgh, PA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Transportation Research Institute
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213
  • Principal Investigators:

    Branstetter, Lee

  • Start Date: 20200101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210312
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01752489
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility (Mobility21)
  • Contract Numbers: 69 A 3551747111
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2020 2:14PM