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Blue Laws, DUIs and Alcohol-Related Accidents: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Colorado

Bo Yu and Daniel Kaffine
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Bo Yu: Colorado School of Mines

Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), 2011, vol. 37, issue 1, 21-28

Abstract: On July 1st, 2008, Colorado Blue Laws banning Sunday packaged liquor sale were repealed. We estimate the effect of this policy change on alcohol-related accidents and traffic citations in a regression discontinuity design. Across specifications, we find no evidence that the repeal of Colorado Blue Laws increased or decreased alcohol-related accidents and alcohol-related traffic citations. This stands in sharp contrast with previous studies that found a 30% increase or more in alcohol-related accidents on Sundays following the repeal of similar laws in New Mexico.

JEL-codes: C22 I18 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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