The Effects of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws on Driving Behavior and Traffic Fatalities

@article{Cohen2003TheEO,
  title={The Effects of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws on Driving Behavior and Traffic Fatalities},
  author={Alma Cohen and Liran Einav},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2003},
  volume={85},
  pages={828-843}
}
This paper investigates the effects of mandatory seat belt laws on driver behavior and traffic fatalities. Using a unique panel data set on seat belt usage in all U.S. jurisdictions, we analyze how such laws, by influencing seat belt use, affect the incidence of traffic fatalities. Allowing for the endogeneity of seat belt usage, we find that such usage decreases overall traffic fatalities. The magnitude of this effect, however, is significantly smaller than the estimate used by the National… 

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