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Old March 29th, 2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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Why Do Taxi Drivers Racially Profile, While Uber And Lyft Drivers Don't?

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There are two reasons that taxi drivers discriminate against minority passengers and minority areas. The first is what black economist Thomas Sowell has described in his new book as Discrimination I(b) – discrimination against individuals based on available group data. This is not quite the same thing as saying that you’re never going to pick up a black person because black people are inherently violent, which would be racist; it’s more like saying that you’re not going to increase your risk of being victimized by violence, and since the violent crime rate in the black community is higher than the violent crime rate in other communities, knowing nothing else about the passenger than race, you’d rather avoid the statistically greater risk.


Uber and Lyft solve that problem. They solve that problem by allowing drivers to see the ratings for passengers. This individualizes data, making group data irrelevant. Thus, drivers can see if a passenger has a 1-star rating, they probably shouldn’t pick him up, regardless of race. That makes it far more likely that black people are picked up by drivers. This is the same argument as the argument for using criminal background checks in employment: that prevention of that methodology actually leads to fewer minorities being employed, because employers start using group data instead of individual data, thus lumping in law-abiding minorities with those with a criminal background.

But the technology wouldn’t be enough to overcome discrimination. The other issue is that Uber and Lyft aren’t monopolies: they’re competitive businesses. That means there is a competitive advantage in going to higher-risk neighborhoods – the taxis aren’t out there. Competition broadens the rationale for catering to higher-crime areas, for example. You can make money the other guy won’t. That’s not true when a government-sponsored cartel rules everything: the available pool of competition is so small that you wouldn’t drive out to a high-crime area when you could make an artificially-inflated wage driving in a low-crime area.

So, the free market is the reason Uber and Lyft drivers don’t discriminate against minorities. And Leftists should keep that in mind next time they try to crack down on private business in the name of diversity.

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Bogus premise.

Uber and Lyft do profile, they just use the address data to do it.
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Bogus premise.

Uber and Lyft do profile, they just use the address data to do it.
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Tell Ben that taxi companies have the same kind of app Uber and Lyft use, for customers to go online and get a cab at a discount over regular fares. And it has the same rating feature for both the customer and the driver, so if the rating system takes care of that discrimination problem, then uber and lyft don't have an advantage anymore!
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Tell Ben that taxi companies have the same kind of app Uber and Lyft use, for customers to go online and get a cab at a discount over regular fares. And it has the same rating feature for both the customer and the driver, so if the rating system takes care of that discrimination problem, then uber and lyft don't have an advantage anymore!
I've rode in taxi's all over the world and any taxi is dirtier than my house. Taxi drivers make good money but minorities don't tip. I don't pinch pennies and always tip for good service. Yesterday, I tipped the pizza man six dollars.

Off topic but Ford is coming out with a 475 HP Mustang for forty-seven thousand dollars which is the base price. Ford is first on race day or found on road dead but I might buy it to augment my collection. I will make them see the green eyes of envy. I will never buy a GM (Generous Motors) product again. My Gun Computer was made by Ford Motor Company. Ford will put Tesla in their place. My missile computer was made by Univac. My missile and gun radar were made by Raytheon. My 3-D search radar was made by ITT. Military Industrial Complex, indeed.

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