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Street-level bureaucracy: best to be grey (or silver) on Friday, in Halifax

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  • Shaun Hargreaves Heap

    (Kings College London)

  • Oleksandr Talavera

    (University of Birmingham)

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This paper examines the behaviour of a group of 'street-level bureaucrats': the UK's MOT (certificate of roadworthiness) testers. We find differences in MOT failure rates across postcodes, days of the week and by car color. The postcode variation is worrying in a national test, especially as it is associated with road traffic accidents/fatalities. It plausibly arises from how these 'street-level bureaucrats' are regulated. The 'day-of-the-week' effect is also apparent in financial markets and so our evidence suggests this behavioral bias may be more widespread. The bias with respect to color is new and is unrelated to favourite colors.

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  • Shaun Hargreaves Heap & Oleksandr Talavera, 2019. "Street-level bureaucracy: best to be grey (or silver) on Friday, in Halifax," Discussion Papers 19-02, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
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    Keywords

    Street-level bureaucrats; regulatory failure; accident rate; behavioral bias.;
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    JEL classification:

    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy

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