20% of New York drivers for apps like Uber have had to rely on food stamps

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  • Uber improved margins by cutting driver pay, writes an industry expert in American Affairs.
  • Drivers for ride-sharing services have reportedly required food stamps and slept in their cars.
  • One study found average monthly pay from ride-sharing apps declined by half between 2013 and 2018.
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A lengthy article by transportation industry consultant Hubert Horan in the journal American Affairs outlines a series of perceived flaws in Uber's business model.

One of the most startling findings is that most of Uber's margin improvements since 2015 can be explained by cuts in driver take-home pay — not by increased efficiency.

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