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Title: The social willingness to comply with the law: The effect of social attitudes on traffic fatalities
Authors: VEREECK, Lode
VROLIX, Klara
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, 27(4). p. 385-408
Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of the social willingness to comply with the law on driver behavior and traffic fatalities. We analyze a panel of 15 European Union states for 1996-2002, a period for which consistent attitudinal data are available. Using corruption indices, we find that the social willingness to comply with the law has significant positive effects on traffic fatalities with an elasticity estimated between -0.207 and -0.217. Other significant factors are traffic exposure, economic growth, speed, and alcohol consumption. We also find that, whatever benefits laws produce, differences in national traffic rules do not explain divergences in road safety. This result seems to indicate that willingness to comply matters more than legal specificity.
Notes: Hasselt Univ, Fac Appl Econ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.Vereeck, L, Hasselt Univ, Fac Appl Econ, Agoralaan Bldg D, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.lode.vereeck@uhasselt.be klara.vrolix@uhasselt.be - ELSEVIER SCIENCE INCNEW YORK360 PARK AVE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10010-1710 USA - (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7942
Link to publication: http/dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.irle.2007.07.002
ISI #: 000252097600002
ISSN: 0144-8188
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2009
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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