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Determinants of motor vehicle crash fatalities using Bayesian model selection methods

  • Blattenberger, Gail
  • Fowles, Richard
  • Loeb, Peter D.
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    Motor vehicle crashes continue to result in large numbers of fatalities each year and represent the leading cause of death for young persons. In 2006, for example, there were over 42,700 fatalities associated with these crashes. Understanding the causes of these crashes and methods to reduce them continues to be of great interest to economists, public health officials, and policy makers. We present in this paper statistical models using a rich set of panel data covering the period 1980 to 2007 by state and the District of Columbia. Our choice of variables is based on an extensive literature highlighting the importance of policy, safety, demographic, and economic determinants of fatality rates.

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    Volume (Year): 43 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 112-122

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