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Blue Laws, DUIs and Alcohol-Related Accidents: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Colorado


  • Bo Yu

    (Colorado School of Mines)

  • Daniel T. Kaffine

    (Colorado School of Mines)


On July 1st, 2008, Colorado Blue Laws banning Sunday packaged liquor sale were repealed. We estimate the effect of this policy change on alcohol-related accidents and traffic citations in a regression discontinuity design. Across specifications, we find no evidence that the repeal of Colorado Blue Laws increased or decreased alcohol-related accidents and alcohol-related traffic citations. This stands in sharp contrast with previous studies that found a 30% increase or more in alcohol-related accidents on Sundays following the repeal of similar laws in New Mexico.

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  • Bo Yu & Daniel T. Kaffine, 2011. "Blue Laws, DUIs and Alcohol-Related Accidents: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Colorado," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 37(1), pages 21-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:37:y:2011:i:1:p:21-38

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    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise


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