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Hahn releases paper: “Using Big Data to Estimate Consumer Surplus: The Case of Uber”

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Senior Policy Scholar Robert Hahn today released a co-authored paper, “Using Big Data to Estimate Consumer Surplus: The Case of Uber.” The authors rely on Uber’s “surge” pricing algorithm and the richness of Uber’s individual level data to estimate demand elasticities at several points along the demand curve and then use the elasticity estimates to estimate consumer surplus.