Ride-Sharing, Fatal Crashes, and Crime by Sean E. Mulholland, Angela K. Dills :: SSRN
Unsurprisingly, Uber and its siblings are a net benefit to society.
The advent of smart-phone based, ride-sharing applications has revolutionized the vehicle for hire market. Advocates point to the ease of use and lower wait times compared to hailing a taxi or pre-arranging limousine service. Others argue that proper government oversight is necessary to protect ride-share passengers from driver error or vehicle part failure and violence from unlicensed strangers. Using a unique panel of over 150 cities and counties from 2010 through 2013, we investigate whether the introduction of the ride-sharing service, Uber, is associated with changes in fatal vehicle crashes and crime. We find that Uber’s entry lowers the rate of DUIs and fatal accidents. For most specifications, we also find declines in arrests for assault and disorderly conduct. Conversely, we observe an increase in vehicle thefts."
This will leave the progressives flummoxed. They will not understand how an easy to hail, low cost, clean, share-ride car, where both driver and passenger know the identity of the other, could lower crime. Dear progressives, welcome to Earth, enjoy your stay.
In other news: Car thief need to get to it, once the self drive car comes, they will be out of work.