Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101832
Authors: 
French, Michael
Gumus, Gulcin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8353
Abstract: 
Every year in the United States, millions of college students travel for spring break, spending billions of dollars. We examine a potential adverse consequence of spring break that has received little attention in the literature – traffic safety. In particular, we estimate the impact of spring break season on fatal passenger vehicle crashes. Using daily county-level longitudinal data on traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations from 1982-2011, we conduct separate analyses by age groups, license status, and alcohol involvement in the crash. Our findings indicate that passenger vehicle fatalities are significantly overrepresented during the spring break season.
Subjects: 
spring break
college students
traffic fatalities
externalities
JEL: 
I12
I18
H73
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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