We use Uber fare data for passenger trips from Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco airports to hotels in those metropolitan areas to test whether Uber engages in third-degree price discrimination by charging higher fares to travelers who originate from the same airports as other travelers but who stay at more expensive hotels. We find that fares are positively and statistically significantly related to the price of hotel rooms. Importantly, we also find that allowing ride-sharing companies to price discriminate improves travelers’ welfare, on average, by increasing their travel options.
Chang, Yenjae; Winston, Clifford; and Yan, Jia
"Does Uber Benefit Travelers by Price Discrimination?,"
Journal of Law and Economics: Vol. 65:
6, Article 5.
Available at: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/jle/vol65/iss6/5