Fast Times During Spring Breaks: Are Traffic Fatalities Another Consequence?

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Michael T. French

University of Miami - Health Management and Policy

Gulcin Gumus

Florida International University (FIU); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Every year in the United States, millions of college students travel for spring break, spending billions of dollars. We examine a potential adverse consequence of spring break that has received little attention in the literature - traffic safety. In particular, we estimate the impact of spring break season on fatal passenger vehicle crashes. Using daily county-level longitudinal data on traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations from 1982 to 2011, we conduct separate analyses by age groups, license status, and alcohol involvement in the crash. Our findings indicate that passenger vehicle fatalities are significantly overrepresented during the spring break season.

JEL Classification: I12, I18, H73

Suggested Citation

French, Michael T. and Gumus, Gulcin, Fast Times During Spring Breaks: Are Traffic Fatalities Another Consequence? (January 2015). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 745-757, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12157

Michael T. French (Contact Author)

University of Miami - Health Management and Policy ( email )

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Gulcin Gumus

Florida International University (FIU) ( email )

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Miami, FL 33199
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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