Researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a study in Seattle and Boston, looked at the results of nearly 1,500 rides hailed via Lyft, Uber and Flywheel on controlled routes, and concluded that “it would appear” that there’s evidence of racial discrimination among UberX drivers, some evidence of discrimination among Lyft drivers and no evidence of discrimination among Flywheel drivers. Across all platforms, there is “some evidence” that it takes longer for drivers to accept trip requests from black people. But the most problematic platform seems to be Uber.

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