Fast times during spring breaks: Are traffic fatalities another consequence?

Michael French, Gulcin Gumus

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Abstract

Every year in the United States, millions of college students travel for spring break, spending billions of dollars. We examine a potential adverse consequence of spring break that has received little attention in the literature-traffic safety. In particular, we estimate the impact of spring break season on fatal passenger vehicle crashes. Using daily county-level longitudinal data on traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations from 1982 to 2011, we conduct separate analyses by age groups, license status, and alcohol involvement in the crash. Our findings indicate that passenger vehicle fatalities are significantly overrepresented during the spring break season. (JEL I12, I18, H73)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-757
Number of pages13
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Fast times during spring breaks : Are traffic fatalities another consequence? / French, Michael; Gumus, Gulcin.

In: Economic Inquiry, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 745-757.

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