To substitute or to supplement? - Investigating the heterogeneous effects of electric scooter platform introduction on micromobility

Karsten Schroer, Maurice Pohl, Wolfgang Ketter

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Abstract

As a healthy and pollution-free form of micromobility, bikesharing is an important sharing economy intervention. We study whether the market entry of electric scooter platforms, a less effortful and convenience-focused genre of micromobility, caters to users which are currently untapped by incumbent bike-based micromobility services, or whether it has detrimental effects by significantly substituting from an otherwise preferred service. Our identification strategy exploits the natural experiment of staggered scooter introduction in Europe. Using trip-level data of a leading bikesharing operator we observe a drop in bicycle fleet utilization of 17.1% that is moderated by service level, population characteristics and weather-related factors. Substitution stems mostly from leisure-related usage, while utilitarian trips during rush hours are not affected. We contribute to the understanding of possible unintended consequences associated with the sharing economy and shed light on consumer choice in micromobility. We also offer practical insights for platform operators and policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2020 - Making Digital Inclusive
Subtitle of host publicationBlending the Local and the Global
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781733632553
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Event2020 International Conference on Information Systems - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global, ICIS 2020 - Virtual, Online, India
Duration: 13 Dec 202016 Dec 2020

Publication series

SeriesInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2020 - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global

Conference

Conference2020 International Conference on Information Systems - Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global, ICIS 2020
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/12/2016/12/20

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