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Alcohol Price Floors and Externalities: The Case of Fatal Road Crashes

Marco Francesconi () and Jonathan James ()
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Jonathan James: University of Bath

No 15276, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In May 2018, Scotland introduced a minimum unit price on alcohol. We examine the impact of this policy on traffic fatalities and drunk driving accidents. Using administrative data on the universe of vehicle collisions in Britain and a range of quasi-experimental modeling approaches, we do not find that the policy had an effect on road crash deaths and drunk driving collisions. The results are robust to several sensitivity exercises. There is no evidence of effect heterogeneity by income and other predictors of alcohol consumption or cross-border effects. A brief discussion of the policy implications of our findings is provided.

Keywords: motor vehicle collisions; minimum unit pricing; alcohol; externality; driving under the influence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D62 H23 K42 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2022-05
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Forthcoming - forthcoming in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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