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New York City Drunk Driving After Uber

Jessica Peck

No 13, Working Papers from City University of New York Graduate Center, Ph.D. Program in Economics

Abstract: This study investigates the effect of the introduction of Uber in New York City in May 2011 on drunk-driving. A difference-in-differences estimation of this effect implies a 25-35% decrease in the alcohol-related collision rate for the affected New York City boroughs, or about 40 collisions per month. With differentiated treatment effects for each effected county, the difference-in- differences effect is higher for Manhattan, average for the Bronx and Brooklyn, and lower for Queens. A synthetic control analysis shows pronounced effects over time in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and a permutation test confirms the effect is not commonly reproducible using untreated counties.

Keywords: drunk driving; alcohol; taxi; ride-sharing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H75 I12 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-tre and nep-ure
Date: 2017-01-13
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