Uber wrote professors big checks to write favorable economic studies: report

Academics on Uber’s payroll include Barack Obama’s former chief economic advisor

Influential social scientists in the United States and Europe accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce reports for Uber lobbyists, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

Academics took cushy deals in exchange for publishing research on the economic benefits of the company, according to “the Uber files,” a collection of thousands of confidential corporate documents leaked to the British paper.

Alan Krueger, a former economist at Princeton University and economic adviser to Barack Obama, struck a deal with Uber in 2015. Krueger died in 2019.

Krueger “had been Barack Obama’s chief economic adviser and was famous as an authority on raising the legal minimum wage, so held particular influence when it came to advocating for Uber’s impact on employment,” The Guardian reported.


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