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Spring forward, don't fall back: The effect of daylight saving time on road safety

Christian Bünnings and Valentin Schiele

No 768, Ruhr Economic Papers from RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen

Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the effect of light conditions on road accidents and estimate the long run consequences of different time regimes for road safety. Identification is based on variation in light conditions induced by differences in sunrise and sunset times across space and time. We find that darkness causes annual costs of £790 million. By setting daylight saving time year-round and, hence, shifting more daylight to the evening, 10 percent of these costs could be saved. Thus, focusing solely on the short run costs related to the transition itself underestimates the total costs of the current time regime.

Keywords: road accidents; light conditions; daylight saving time (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R41 Q48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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