Remove tipping from the Lyft app to ensure fair earnings for African-American drivers
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Studies show that black workers are tipped less than white workers, including a Yale study finding black taxi drivers are tipped a third less than white drivers. Lyft's in-app tipping option has led to 70% of riders tipping. If Yale's findings apply to Lyft, black drivers may be receiving $2,500 per year less than their white counterparts.
Research from the restaurant industry has found other issues with tipping: it's correlated to sexual harassment against waitresses (notable for the nearly 30% of Lyft drivers who are female) and corruption, and nearly uncorrelated to service quality. While this research hasn't been replicated in taxis, it's plausible that the trends extend to transportation.
Due to Lyft's dynamic pricing model matching supply and demand, reductions in tips would be offset by higher fares. We would expect this to ultimately increase total earnings for black drivers.
Lyft should remove their in-app tipping to to ensure their platform provides unbiased financial opportunity for all drivers.
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