An Investigation of Recreational Marijuana Laws and Traffic Fatalities

Darby, Todd (2019) An Investigation of Recreational Marijuana Laws and Traffic Fatalities. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Michael Belongia from Economics, The University of Mississippi.


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This thesis investigates whether the implementation of a recreational marijuana law in Colorado is associated with a change in traffic fatalities. This thesis utilizes Colorado state-level data in regression analysis with a menu of dependent traffic fatality variables from the Fatality Accident Reporting System data. The only significant relationship found is between the implementation of the recreational marijuana law and marijuana-related traffic fatalities, where the law is found to be largely and positively related with marijuana-related traffic fatalities. However, this paper can draw only limited conclusions owing to the lack of a counterfactual and the short period of post-implementation data available.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Darby, Todd
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Economics
Thesis Advisor: Michael Belongia
Thesis Advisor's Department: Economics
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Depositing User: Darby Todd
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 14:09
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 14:09

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