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Why Do Some Motorbike Riders Wear a Helmet and Others Don't? Evidence from Delhi, India

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  • Grimm, Michael

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    (University of Passau)

  • Treibich, Carole

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    (Paris School of Economics)

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We focus on helmet use behavior among motorbike users in Delhi. We use a detailed data set collected for the purpose of the study. To guide our empirical analysis, we rely on a simple model in which drivers decide on self-protection and self-insurance. The empirical findings suggest that risk averse drivers are more likely to wear a helmet, there is no systematic effect on speed. Helmet use also increases with education. Drivers who show a higher awareness of road risks are both more likely to wear a helmet and to speed less. Controlling for risk awareness, we observe that drivers tend to compensate between speed and helmet use. The results can provide a basis for awareness-raising policies. Improvements to the road infrastructure bear the risk of leading to risk-compensating behavior.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8042.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8042

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Keywords: road safety; helmet use; risky health behavior; self-protection; self-insurance; India; risk-taking behavior;

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