The imposition of a national 21-year minimum drinking age has sparked considerable controversy in recent years. Critics have contended that the perceived "successes" of the increased drinking age are actually due to underlying trends toward fewer alcohol-related crashes among teenagers, and would have occurred in the absence of an increased drinking age. I use monthly Wisconsin time-series data from 1976 to 1993 to estimate the effects of increased minimum drinking ages on alcohol-related crashes involving teenagers. I find that raising the drinking age has resulted in substantially lower alcohol-related crash rates involving teenagers. In addition, I find evidence that crashes increased in years in which Wisconsin's drinking age was lower than those of its neighbors, suggesting that "border hopping" resulted from interjurisdictional policy differences.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Social Experimentation, Program Evaluation, and Public Policy|
|Subtitle of host publication||C. Interrupted Time Series with Comparison Groups|
|Publisher||Blackwell Publishing Ltd|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Apr 21 2009|
- "alcohol-related crash"
- "national minimum drinking age"
- "naturally occurring"
- "relevant change"
- Interstate Drinking Age Differences and Border Hopping
- The Effect of Minimum Drinking Age Legislation on Alcohol-Related Crashes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)