Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/235622
Authors: 
Cerruti, Davide
Filippini, Massimo
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Working Paper Series No. 21/356
Abstract: 
Vehicle accidents represent an important source of externalities from driving. Using a detailed dataset on accident location and characteristics in Switzerland, we estimate the effect of switching from a 50 km/h speed limit to a 30 km/h limit on the probability of vehicle accident injuries. After an initial country-wide analysis, we exploit the quasi-experimental variation of the timing of introduction of 30 km/h zones in the municipality of Basel, using a difference in differences strategy. We find a significant reduction in accident severity due to lower speed limits, and substantial heterogeneities based on the circumstances of the accident.
Subjects: 
Speed limits
vehicle accidents
30 km/h zones
externalities
road transport
urban roads
JEL: 
R41
R42
R48
H41
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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