Measuring the Propensity to Drink and Drive

Evaluation Review, Forthcoming

37 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2007

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Anthony M. Bertelli

New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Lilliard E. Richardson

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Abstract

Laws such as .08 blood alcohol content, open container, and license revocation provide a policy framework for reducing drinking and driving, yet policy effectiveness relies on their enforcement. The relationship between enforcement and drink-driving behavior is difficult to assess. Unlike property and violent crimes, where incidence statistics can approximate behavior, most drink-driving trips go undetected. We develop a novel measure of drink-driving propensity by estimating an item response model using national survey data. Aggregating to the state level, we find that much of the variation in enforcement is not in proportion to residents predilections.

Keywords: Drinking and driving, measurement, law enforcement, traffic safety, public policy

JEL Classification: C39, K42

Suggested Citation

Bertelli, Anthony M. and Richardson, Lilliard E., Measuring the Propensity to Drink and Drive. Evaluation Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956407

Anthony M. Bertelli (Contact Author)

New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service ( email )

The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10012
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Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

Lilliard E. Richardson

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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