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A driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles in January. (Richard Vogel/AP/File)
A driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles in January. (Richard Vogel/AP/File)
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A new study found some troubling signs of racial discrimination from Uber drivers in Boston.

The company's drivers in the city were twice as likely to cancel rides for passengers with African-American sounding names, according to the report by the Cambridge-based National Bureau of Economic Research. The authors also found that female passengers were more likely to to be driven on longer routes than males.

We talk to one of the authors of the study about the findings.

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Christopher Knittel, George P. Shultz Professor of economics at MIT's Sloan School of Management. He tweets @KnittelMIT.

Damon Cox, director of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at the Boston Foundation. He tweets @DamonCoxInnov8.

This segment aired on November 1, 2016.

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