The Effects of Driver Licensing Laws on Immigrant Travel

Car use is critical to improving access to regional opportunities, especially for low-wage immigrants. But many states have restricted the ability of undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, making it potentially difficult for them to improve their economic standing. The effects of these laws have been tested for their association with traffic safety, but not on mode choice itself. Using the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, the author fits a series of logistic regression models to test the influence of permissive immigrant driver licensing on mode choice decisions. The author finds that immigrants in states with permissive licensing laws are more likely to drive in carpools but not necessarily to drive alone. The results suggest permissive licensing has positive impacts for all immigrants, in addition to positive safety externalities documented in the literature.

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    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADD20 Standing Committee on Social and Economic Factors of Transportation.
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    Transportation Research Board

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  • Date: 2019


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p

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  • Accession Number: 01698137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-03846
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:47AM