EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POLICIES RELATED TO DRUNK DRIVING

This article provides new findings on the effectiveness of state level public policies related to drunk driving. Conventional estimates of policy effects could be biased due to endogeneity of policies; this concern is addressed by analyzing the time pattern of policy effects with respect to the date of adoption. For the 0.08 blood alcohol content law, results suggest that a bias upward exists, but the policy is still somewhat effective. Graduated licensing programs for young drivers and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization are also evaluated for the first time in this type of analysis. The estimated time pattern of effects for graduated licensing suggest its effects are also overstated in conventional analyses, but the policy is still effective for young drivers. The estimates for MADD do not imply an effect, but this result could be due to the crudeness of the variable used.

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    John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated

    111 River Street
    Hoboken, NJ  United States  07030-6000
  • Authors:
    • Eisenberg, D
  • Publication Date: 2002-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00963228
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2003 12:00AM