Kevin Cashman

Category: Commentary

If You’re Thinking about Automating Entire Occupations, Please Try to Understand Everything Those Jobs Entail

The Atlantic posted an interesting article on the effects of automation on people of color in driving occupations, specifically concerning bus drivers. My colleague Cherrie Bucknor and I wrote about the effects of…

“Can Uber Ever Deliver?” A Fantastic Series from Naked Capitalism

In 2016 and 2017, Naked Capitalism released an 11-part series by Hubert Horan that looks at Uber, the ride-hailing (read: taxi) company. I can’t recommend the series enough: it is a comprehensive look at…

Airbnb Doesn’t Care About Discrimination (and Neither Does Uber)

There are some very good points and examples in a recent article about how Airbnb enables and permits discrimination on its hotel platform (and doesn’t care that it does). One thing that I’ll…

Does a Community Bike Ride that Costs Over $50 per Person Further Transportation Equity?

No, it doesn’t.  

Silicon Valley Is Screwing Up (and Hurting People)

Scott Alexander usually has takes I disagree with, and his new post “Silicon Valley: A Reality Check” is no exception. He tries to rehabilitate Silicon Valley by highlighting new startups that have an…

You Can’t Take Politics out of Science, so Why Try?

I’m a big fan of science, but not always a big fan of scientists. The March for Science reminds us that the politicization of science is bad, bad, bad. But how science is…

More People Should Be on Disability If They Need to Be, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

There is a big problem with the limits of the current discourse on defending disability benefits: it invariably has the strictness of Social Security’s disability insurance program — only 4 in 10 applicants…

Why Do Passengers Expect Uber Drivers to Honestly Tell Them Whether They Enjoy Their Work or Not?

I hear it a lot. Friends will ask their Uber (or Lyft, etc.) drivers if they enjoy working for the ride hailing service. The answer is often a variation on “yes,” and might have a few…

Vox Misses the Mark on Voting Reform

Vox recently published a mealy mouthed article on voting reform that explains why election day is on Tuesday. It is interesting to hear some reasons why election day is on a certain day, but…

The “CV of Failure” Hides Structural Inequities and Also Relies on Particular Notions of Success

Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton, recently created a “CV of failure,” which listed some of failures of his academic career — programs he didn’t get into, jobs he didn’t get, and grant…