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To tip, or not to tip — that is the question.
In a new NBER working paper, researchers analyzed more than 40m Uber trips during a 4-week span in 2017 and looked at how much riders tipped, and how these tips varied based on a multitude of factors.
Turns out, most of us could benefit from a bit more generosity. Among the findings:
By one estimate, the average Uber driver in the US earns around $9.21 an hour after expenses like gas, service fees, and car maintenance. Many drivers say they rely on tips — first introduced to the Uber app in 2017 — to make a sustainable living.
On UberPeople.net, a popular forum for rideshare drivers, one of the hottest topics is how to get riders to tip more often. Some suggest simple passenger-pleasers like phone chargers and mini water bottles; others are a tad more extreme.
“Don’t unlock your doors unless they tip,” one poster advises a young gun. “It’s called the ‘No tip, no go’ strategy.”