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COVID‐19 lockdown and traffic accidents: Lessons from the pandemic

Stephen Barnes, Louis-Philippe Beland, Jason Huh () and Dongwoo Kim

Contemporary Economic Policy, 2022, vol. 40, issue 2, 349-368

Abstract: We use a regression discontinuity design to study the effect of the COVID‐19 lockdown on traffic accidents. Based on administrative data from Louisiana, we find that the lockdown order led to a significant decrease in traffic accidents (−47%), including accidents involving injury (−46%) and ambulance (−41%). We also find evidence of heterogeneous changes in the decline of drivers involved in accidents, with a smaller decline among individuals aged 25 to 64, male, and nonwhite drivers.

Date: 2022
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