A Structural Analysis of U.S. Drunk Driving Policy

33 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2007 Last revised: 13 Aug 2019

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Darren P. Grant

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

The expected penalty for drunk driving can and does vary by blood alcohol content. This paper outlines the "penalty structure" that does this optimally, using two different metrics, shows how the optimality conditions can be implemented with available data to analyze policy ex ante or ex post, and then uses these findings to conduct an analysis of four fundamental features of current U.S. drunk driving policy.

Keywords: drunk driving, optimal control, traffic safety

JEL Classification: K14, I18, C61, D61

Suggested Citation

Grant, Darren P., A Structural Analysis of U.S. Drunk Driving Policy (March 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969807 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.969807

Darren P. Grant (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business ( email )

SHSU Box 2118
Huntsville, TX 77341-2118
United States
936-294-4324 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.shsu.edu/dpg006

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