Drug Testing in the Trucking Industry: The Effect on Highway Safety*

  title={Drug Testing in the Trucking Industry: The Effect on Highway Safety*},
  author={Mireille Jacobson},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={131 - 156}
  • M. Jacobson
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
This paper uses a set of “natural experiments,” created by the passage of a U.S. Department of Transportation drug‐testing mandate and 13 state testing laws, to examine the effects of testing truckers for illicit substances on highway safety. Since truckers do not bear the full costs of their driving and employers cannot contract on all aspects of their behavior, drug testing may be one means for companies to either screen or monitor employees and lower expected accident costs. Indeed, I find… 
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