Slippery When Wet: The Effects of Local Alcohol Access Laws on Highway Safety

12 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2001  

Reagan Anne Baughman

University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics

Michael Conlin

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Stacy Dickert-Conlin

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

John V. Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 29, 2001

Abstract

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.

Keywords: alcohol, drunk driving, endogenous policy, prohibition

JEL Classification: I10, I18, R50

Suggested Citation

Baughman, Reagan Anne and Conlin, Michael and Dickert-Conlin, Stacy and Pepper, John V., Slippery When Wet: The Effects of Local Alcohol Access Laws on Highway Safety (May 29, 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=275157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.275157

Reagan Anne Baughman

University of New Hampshire - Department of Economics ( email )

Durham, NH 03824
United States

Michael Conlin

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
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Stacy Dickert-Conlin (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

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United States
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John V. Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

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