Did liberalising bar hours decrease traffic accidents?

Green, Colin and Heywood, John and Navarro Paniagua, Maria (2014) Did liberalising bar hours decrease traffic accidents? Journal of Health Economics, 35. pp. 189-198. ISSN 0167-6296

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Abstract

Legal bar closing times in England and Wales have historically been early and uniform. Recent legislation liberalised closing times with the object of reducing social problems thought associated with drinking to “beat the clock.” Indeed, using both difference in difference and synthetic control approaches we show that one consequence of this liberalisation was a decrease in traffic accidents. This decrease is heavily concentrated among younger drivers. Moreover, we provide evidence that the effect was most pronounced in the hours of the week directly affected by the liberalisation: late nights and early mornings on weekends. This evidence survives a series of robustness checks and suggests at least one socially positive consequence of extending bar hours.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2719
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 69019
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2014 07:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 05:46
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/69019

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