Taxi Drivers: Worse With Age?
I’ve been taking taxis around Seoul, Korea all week. This may be a mistaken generalization, but the younger drivers have all been
efficient — seem to know where they are going, get there quickly, and let me out. This is advantageous for them, as (so my former taxi-driver brother tells me) a cabbie makes the best money on the “drop” — the initial fixed amount, which is almost $2 here.
The older cabbies wander around, don’t seem to know the city, and have an amazing ability to get stuck in traffic jams. I wonder if this difference is because of the rapid growth of education here. Younger people are much better educated than their elders.
Perhaps the general education — the human capital embodied in younger people — raises their productivity, even in something like taxi driving which seems so remote from what one learns in school.