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Jared Meyer: Peer-to-Peer Economy Saves Time, Money, and Lives

February 1, 2016

In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Manhattan Institute research fellow Jared Meyer about a recent study commissioned by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on the impact of Uber and other peer-to-peer

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In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Manhattan Institute research fellow Jared Meyer about a recent study commissioned by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on the impact of Uber and other peer-to-peer transportation network companies on the city’s ever-present traffic congestion. 

A few months ago, Meyer predicted the impact study would be used to justify banning Uber, but Meyer says the impact of Uber on traffic flow in the Big Apple is so insignificant that not even a sworn enemy of Uber could spin it. Meyer explains how Uber and free-market policies actually help consumers, especially demographic groups DeBlasio’s administration says it wants to empower and protect. 

Meyer says consumers have more power than lawmakers, and when consumers flex their muscle, lawmakers and entrenched special interests are forced to listen. 

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
media@heartland.org @JesseinOH