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Deterring Rearrests for Drinking and Driving

Frank Sloan (), Lindsey Eldred (), Sabrina McCutchan () and Alyssa Platt ()
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Lindsey Eldred: Department of Economics, Duke University, 213 Social Sciences Building, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Sabrina McCutchan: Department of Economics, Duke University, 213 Social Sciences Building, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Alyssa Platt: Global Health Institute and Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University, 310 TrentDrive, Hall, Durham, NC, 27710, USA

Southern Economic Journal, 2016, vol. 83, issue 2, 416-436

Abstract: This study assesses why some individuals are rearrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Using longitudinal data from North Carolina containing information on arrests and arrest outcomes, we test hypotheses that individuals prosecuted and convicted of DWI are less likely to be rearrested for DWI. We allow for possible endogeneity of prosecution and conviction outcomes by using instrumental variables for the prosecutor's prosecution rate and the judge's conviction rate. With a three-year follow-up, the probability of DWI rearrest was reduced by 6.6% if the person was prosecuted for DWI and, for those prosecuted, by 24.5% if convicted onthis charge. Prosecution and conviction for DWI deters rearrest for DWI.

JEL-codes: K1 K14 K40 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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