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Title: Sharing when stranger equals danger: Ridesharing during Covid-19 pandemic

Author(s): Marc Ivaldi and Emil Palikot

Publication Date: August 2020

Keyword(s): digital mobility, price discrimination and Ridesharing

Programme Area(s): Industrial Organization

Abstract: Using data collected from one of the most popular ridesharing platforms, we illustrate how mobility has changed after the exit from the Covid-19 induced confinement. We measure the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the level of mobility and the price of ridesharing. Finally, we show that the pandemic has exacerbated ethnic discrimination. Our results suggest that a decision-maker encouraging the use of ridesharing during the pandemic should account for the impact of the perceived health risks on ridesharing prices and should find ways to ensure fair access.

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Ivaldi, M and Palikot, E. 2020. 'Sharing when stranger equals danger: Ridesharing during Covid-19 pandemic'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.