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Traffic accidents: an econometric investigation

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  • Tito Moreira

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    (Catholic University)

  • Adolfo Sachsida

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    (Catholic University)

  • Loureiro Paulo

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    (Catholic University)

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    Abstract

    Based on a sample of drivers in Brasilia's streets, this article investigates whether distraction explains traffic accidents. A probit model is estimated to determine the predictive power of several variables on traffic accidents. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the proxies used to measure distraction, such as the use of cell phones and cigarette smoking in a moving vehicle, are significant factors in determining traffic accidents.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 1-7

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-04r40001

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    1. Heckman, James J, 1990. "Varieties of Selection Bias," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(2), pages 313-18, May.
    2. Steven D. Levitt & Jack Porter, 2001. "How Dangerous Are Drinking Drivers?," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 109(6), pages 1198-1237, December.
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    4. Gary S. Becker, 1974. "Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach," NBER Chapters, in: Essays in the Economics of Crime and Punishment, pages 1-54 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Andrew Dickerson & John Peirson & Roger Vickerman, 1998. "Road Accidents and Traffic Flows: An Econometric Investigation," Studies in Economics 9809, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
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    1. Claudio Djissey Shikida & Guilherme de Castro & Ari Francisco de Araujo Jr., 2008. "Economic Determinants of Driver's Behavior in Minas Gerais," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(10), pages 1-7.
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