(Reuters) – A Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigate organisation that this week reported scarcely three-quarters of Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc drivers warranted next smallest salary is revisiting a investigate after a tweeted plea by Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi.
The study, by a MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, found that drivers’ median pretax distinction was $3.37 per hour, regulating formula from a consult of some-more than 1,100 workers of a float hailing companies.
Uber and Lyft have been battling complaints that they underpay their drivers. Uber and other companies have shielded their business models observant their drivers suffer a coherence of their work and on normal acquire some-more than a smallest wage, though have mislaid a array of justice cases on a issue.
Khosrowshahi criticized a MIT investigate in a twitter on Friday as“Mathematically Incompetent Theories (at slightest as it pertains to ride-sharing),” and related to a response by Uber arch economist Jonathan Hall that challenged a study’s methodology.
Hall’s come-back to a investigate pronounced a expected perplexity of a consult doubt and a study’s“inconsistent logic” constructed a salary outcome that was next identical studies elsewhere. He pronounced a investigate used a“flawed methodology” compared with a consult that found drivers’ normal hour gain were $15.68.
“The gain total suggested in a paper are reduction than half a hourly gain numbers reported in a really consult a paper derives a information from,” wrote Hall.
The MIT study’s lead author, Stephen Zoepf, told Reuters in an email on Saturday,“I can see how a doubt on income competence have been interpreted differently by respondents” and called Hall’s come-back thoughtful.
“I’m re-running a research this weekend regulating Uber’s some-more confident assumptions and should have new formula and a open response acknowledging a inequality by Monday,” he wrote.
Reporting by Gary McWilliams in Houston; Editing by Matthew Lewis