Slippery When Wet: The Effects of Local Alcohol Access Laws on Highway Safety
Reagan Anne Baughman
University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics
Syracuse University - Department of Economics
Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research
John V. Pepper
University of Virginia - Department of Economics
May 29, 2001
Using detailed panel data on local alcohol policy changes in Texas, this paper tests whether the effect of these changes on alcohol-related accidents depends on whether the policy change involves where the alcohol is consumed and the type of alcohol consumed. After controlling for both county and year fixed effects, we find evidence that: (i) the sale of beer and wine may actually decrease expected accidents; and (ii) the sale of higher alcohol-content liquor may present greater risk to highway safety than the sale of just beer and wine.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: alcohol, drunk driving, endogenous policy, prohibition
JEL Classification: I10, I18, R50
Date posted: August 21, 2001
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