Traffic Accidents: An Econometric Investigation
Paulo R. A. Loureiro
University of Brasília- UnB
Tito Belchior Silva Moreira
Catholic University of Brasilia
Catholic University of Brasilia; Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA)
March 16, 2000
Economics Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 1-7, 2003
Based on a sample of drivers in Brasilia’s streets, this article investigates whether distraction explains traffic accidents. A probit model is estimated to determine the predictive power of several variables on traffic accidents. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the proxies used to measure distraction, such as the use of cell phones and cigarette smoking in a moving vehicle, are significant factors in determining traffic accidents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Traffic accidents, probit model, White’s procedure, city of Brasilia
JEL Classification: A10, C2, D11, I12Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 19, 2012 ; Last revised: May 19, 2012
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