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Analysis and Commentary

Male Uber Drivers Earn More And It's Not Due To Discrimination

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The growth of the "gig" economy generates worker flexibility that, some have speculated, will favor women. We explore one facet of the gig economy by examining labor supply choices and earnings among more than a million rideshare drivers on Uber in the U.S. Perhaps most surprisingly, we find that there is a roughly 7% gender earnings gap amongst drivers. The uniqueness of our data--knowing exactly the production and compensation functions--permits us to completely unpack the underlying determinants of the gender earnings gap. We find that the entire gender gap is caused by three factors: experience on the platform (learning-by-doing), preferences over where/when to work, and preferences for driving speed. 

In the News

The Square And The Tower

by Niall Fergusonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

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Area 45: President Trump, From A Libertarian Perspective

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Area 45
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lower taxes and reduced regulations…is President Trump using the Libertarian playbook?

In the News

Here’s Something: Education Is Everyone’s ‘Passport To The Future’

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Forecaster
Monday, February 5, 2018

My mother taught English for 40 years to a cross-section of youth at a junior high school near the U.S. Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut. She taught the works of Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson, the grammatical differences of two, too and to, and how to write poetry and a five-paragraph essay to a classroom of Navy kids. 

Anna Mazurkiewicz, Associate Professor of History at the University of Gdańsk

Polish Americanist Completes Six Months of Research in the Archives

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Anna Mazurkiewicz, Associate Professor of History at the University of Gdańsk, has just completed her Fulbright senior research fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES).  Much of that time she spent in the Hoover Library & Archives.

In the News

Ben Franklin Circles Continue At Library

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Daily Chronicle
Monday, February 5, 2018

The DeKalb Public Library continues to host Ben Franklin Circles for the public. A teen-only group meets at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month and an all-ages group will meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

Analysis and Commentary

Helen Pluckrose And James Lindsay On The Enemies Of Modernity

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about their essay on the enemies of modernity. Pluckrose and Lindsay argue that modernity--by which they mean democracy, reason, and individual liberty--is under attack from pre-modern and post-modern ideological enemies. They discuss why modernity is under attack and encourage people on the political left and right to support modernity.

In the News

Less Than Half Of EU Countries Are 'Fully Democratic': Report

quoting Larry Diamondvia Euro News
Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit's new report suggests democracy may be in regression

In the News

Are Super Bowl Ads Really Worth $5 Million?

quoting Michael Spencevia The Week
Friday, February 2, 2018

Boy, is the Super Bowl expensive for advertisers. This year, a 30-second spot during the biggest game in sports costs over $5 million. Judging by the numbers and research alone, that's a complete ripoff.

Hoover senior fellow Thomas Sowell
In the News

Broker Dealer Recruiter Jon Henschen Publishes "Thomas Sowell: A Beacon Of Reason In A Nonsensical World," And Cites 25 Quotes From The Prolific Author

featuring Thomas Sowellvia PRWeb
Friday, February 2, 2018

In his latest Intellectual Takeout blog post, “Thomas Sowell: A Beacon of Reason in a Nonsensical World,” independent channel broker-dealer recruiter Jon Henschen offers up 25 quotes from one of America's most prolific intellectuals.


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