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Replication code and data for "Is Uber a Complement or Substitute with Public Transit?"

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  • Hall, Jonathan D. (University of Toronto)
  • Palsson, Craig (Utah State University)
  • Price, Joseph (Brigham Young University)
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  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
  • Abstract

    How Uber affects public transit ridership is a relevant policy question facing cities worldwide. Theoretically, Uber’s effect on transit is ambiguous: while Uber is an alternative mode of travel, it can also increase the reach and flexibility of public transit’s fixed-route, fixed-schedule service. We estimate the effect of Uber on public transit ridership using a difference-in-differences design that exploits variation across U.S. metropolitan areas in both the intensity of Uber penetration and the timing of Uber entry. We find that Uber is a complement for the average transit agency, increasing ridership by five percent after two years. This average effect masks considerable heterogeneity, with Uber increasing ridership more in larger cities and for smaller transit agencies.
  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2018.09.003 (Text)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E115490V2
  • Hall, Jonathan D., Craig Palsson, and Joseph Price. “Is Uber a Substitute or Complement for Public Transit?” Journal of Urban Economics 108 (November 2018): 36–50.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.jue.2018.09.003 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-11-15 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-11-15

Hall, Jonathan D.; Palsson, Craig; Price, Joseph (2019): Replication code and data for "Is Uber a Complement or Substitute with Public Transit?". Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.