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Impact of Seat Belt Use on Driving Behavior

  • Singh, Harinder
  • Thayer, Mark

Previous research has indicated that individual compensating behavior, specifically more risky driving, may reduce the effectiveness of seat belt laws. The authors test the compensating-behavior hypothesis using individual-specific survey data. The analysis also incorporates individual risk tastes. The authors' results indicate that the compensating-behavior hypothesis applies only to those that are not strongly risk averse. Other risk-differentiated groups do not exhibit compensating behavior. Finally, it seems that individuals learn to reduce compensating behavior over time. Copyright 1992 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 30 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 649-58

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:30:y:1992:i:4:p:649-58
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