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The Effects of Government Regulation on Teenage Motor Vehicle Mortality

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  • Dennis C. McCornac

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This article investigates the impact of a number of policy manipulable variables on the motor vehicle mortality rate of white males between the ages of 15 to 24. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of alcohol. Utilizing data for the tune period 1970 to 1975, multivariate equations are estimated for three timemperiods inmorder to examine and compare the before, immtediate,and longer run (one-year) impact of the changes in these relevant variables on mortality rates.The results reveal that changes in the minimum legal purchasing age of alcohol has contributed significantly to a higher mortality rate not only in the state instituting the change but in the border states as well.

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  • Dennis C. McCornac, 1982. "The Effects of Government Regulation on Teenage Motor Vehicle Mortality," NBER Working Papers 1030, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Lewit, Eugene M. & Coate, Douglas, 1982. "The potential for using excise taxes to reduce smoking," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 1(2), pages 121-145, August.
    2. Peltzman, Sam, 1975. "The Effects of Automobile Safety Regulation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 83(4), pages 677-725, August.
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    1. Benson, Bruce L. & Rasmussen, David W. & Mast, Brent D., 1999. "Deterring drunk driving fatalities: an economics of crime perspective1," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 205-225, June.
    2. Henry Saffer & Michael Grossman, 1986. "Endogenous Drinking Age Laws and Highway Mortality Rates of Young Drivers," NBER Working Papers 1982, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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