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Costs and benefits of a bicycle helmet law for Germany

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  • Gernot Sieg

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    (Institute of Transport Economics, Muenster)

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This study presents a cost-benefit analysis of a law requiring cyclists to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Germany. The cost benefit-analysis takes into account the benefit of increased security when cyclists wear a helmet or use a transport mode that is less risky than cycling. The analysis also considers the cost of purchasing helmets, reduced fitness when cycling is replaced by a motorized transport mode, the discomfort of wearing helmets and environmental externalities. The benefits of a helmet law are estimated at about 0.7 of the costs. A bicycle helmet law for Germany is found to be a waste of resources.

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Paper provided by Institute of Transport Economics, University of Muenster in its series Working Papers with number 21.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
Date of revision: May 2014
Publication status: Forthcoming in Transportation
Handle: RePEc:mut:wpaper:21

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Keywords: bicycle helmets; cost-benefit analysis; helmet law;

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  1. Broadstock, David C. & Collins, Alan, 2010. "Measuring unobserved prices using the structural time-series model: The case of cycling," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 195-200, May.
  2. Christopher S. Carpenter & Mark Stehr, 2011. "Intended and Unintended Consequences of Youth Bicycle Helmet Laws," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 54(2), pages 305 - 324.
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