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The impossibility of evidence-based public policy in an era of private platform capitalism

Authors: Christina Frendo*, Queen's University, Betsy Donald, Queen's University
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Economic Geography
Keywords: Platform, ride-hailing, digital economies, platform capitalism
Session Type: Paper
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Ever since platform-based corporations such as Uber and Lyft bullied their ways into cities, digital ride-hailing has become ubiquitous. Unfortunately, significant challenges remain in researching the impacts of ride-hailing for both governments and researchers, crippling the ability to create effective regulation around these new industries. This has resulted in a reactive, rather than proactive, policy approach by municipalities. In this presentation we will present an overview of ride-hailing research to date, considering the following: 1) the context of labour precarity in which platform ride-hailing rose; 2) the economic costs and benefits; 3) the uneven geographies of regulation; 4) the impacts on urban mobility and 5) the challenges particular to conducting research on the impacts of ride-hailing.

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