Fast bucks, good money and public service: optimizing and experimenting in NYC’s yellow cab industry by Philipp Brandt
Édité le 25 Octobre 2019
Le Séminaire de Sociologie Quantitative du CREST invite Philipp Brandt qui fera une communication sur :
Fast bucks, good money and public service:
optimizing and experimenting in NYC’s yellow cab industry.
Social scientists have long studied taxi drivers, their markets, risks and personal struggles. I will discuss two new tensions around New York City yellow cab drivers. First, New York City cabbies operate under tight market control and amid predictable passenger flows yet their work is fluid and variable. Second, large organizations make them optimize their time yet they fare better financially experimenting in small ones, where they also provide important public services. I analyze these tensions in a dataset of all taxi trips over one year. This analysis overcomes a methodological challenge. Organizations, central in the industry, were initially missing from the data as well as from my outside view of taxi work. Driver traces reveal them, however, highlighting opportunities for and utility of reflexivity in computational research. Overall, the talk addresses issues around work, organizations and computational methods.
=> Lieu CREST 5, avenue Henry Le Chatelier 91120 Palaiseau
=> Date 21 novembre 2019