One for the Road: Public Transportation, Alcohol Consumption, and Intoxicated Driving

49 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010

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C. Kirabo Jackson

Cornell University - Department of Labor Economics

Emily Greene Owens

Cornell University

Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

We exploit arguably exogenous train schedule changes in Washington DC to investigate the relationship between public transportation provision, the risky decision to consume alcohol, and the criminal decision to engage in alcohol-impaired driving. Using a triple differences strategy, we provide evidence that overall there was little effect on DUI arrests, alcohol related fatal traffic and alcohol related arrests. However, we find that these overall effects mask considerable heterogeneity across geographic areas and spatial shifting. Specifically, we find that areas close to bars that are within walking distance to Metro stations experience increases in alcohol related arrests and decreases in DUI arrests.

Suggested Citation

Jackson, C. Kirabo and Owens, Emily Greene, One for the Road: Public Transportation, Alcohol Consumption, and Intoxicated Driving (April 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15872. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583813

C. Kirabo Jackson (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Labor Economics ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Emily Greene Owens

Cornell University ( email )

120 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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