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Traffic Safety and Human Capital

Richard Cox () and Darren Grant ()
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Richard Cox: Department of Economics, Arizona State University

No 1701, Working Papers from Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business

Abstract: This paper documents a large educational gradient in traffic fatality rates and investigates its source. Compared to individuals with a college education, those with at most a high school diploma are more than four times as likely to die in a traffic accident, a gradient exceeding that for all-cause mortality. More educated individuals’ health behaviors, such as drinking or seat belt use, support this gradient. A panel analysis of data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicates that this gradient is, to a small degree, causal, particularly for males, who cause most traffic accidents.

Keywords: human capital; traffic safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I26 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2017-01
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