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Gasoline Prices and Traffic Safety in Mississippi


Guangqing Chi


Mississippi State University - Department of Sociological Science

Arthur Cosby


Mississippi State University

Mohammed A. Quddus


Imperial College London

Paul Gilbert


affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Matthew Levinson


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

February 9, 2010

Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 41, pp. 493-500, 2010

Abstract:     
Problem: Limited literature suggests that gasoline prices have substantial effects on reducing fatal crashes. However, the literature focuses only on fatal crashes and does not examine the effects on all traffic crashes.

Methods: Mississippi traffic crash data from April 2004-December 2008 from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and regular-grade unleaded gasoline price data from the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy were used to investigate the effects of gasoline prices on traffic safety by age, gender, and race. Results: Gasoline prices have both short-term and intermediate-term effects on reducing total traffic crashes and crashes of females, whites, and blacks. The intermediate-term effects are generally stronger than the short-term effects. Gasoline prices also have short-term effects on reducing crashes of younger drivers and intermediate-term effects on older drivers and male drivers. Impact on Industry: Higher gasoline taxes reduce traffic crashes and may result in additional societal benefits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Gasoline Prices, Traffic Crashes,Traffic Safety, Age, Gender, Race

JEL Classification: N70, Q4, Q41, L91, R4

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Date posted: January 7, 2011 ; Last revised: January 22, 2011

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Chi, Guangqing and Cosby, Arthur and Quddus, Mohammed A. and Gilbert, Paul and Levinson, David Matthew, Gasoline Prices and Traffic Safety in Mississippi (February 9, 2010). Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 41, pp. 493-500, 2010 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1735487

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Guangqing Chi
Mississippi State University - Department of Sociological Science ( email )
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States
Arthur Cosby
Mississippi State University ( email )
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States
Mohammed A. Quddus
Imperial College London ( email )
South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ, DC SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
Paul Gilbert
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
David Matthew Levinson (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
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