Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110822
Authors: 
Bauernschuster, Stefan
Hener, Timo
Rainer, Helmut
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5313
Abstract: 
Many governments have banned strikes in public transportation. Whether this can be justified depends on whether strikes endanger public safety or health. We use time-series and cross-sectional variation in powerful registry data to quantify the effects of public transit strikes on urban populations in Germany. Due to higher traffic volumes and longer travel times, total car hours operated increase by 15% during strikes. This effect is accompanied by a 14% increase in vehicle crashes, a 20% increase in accident-related injuries, a 14% increase in particle pollution, and an 11% increase in hospital admissions for respiratory diseases among young children.
Subjects: 
public transit
strikes
traffic
air pollution
health
JEL: 
L91
R41
Q53
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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