Road facilities, modal split and Smeed's Law

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    The international variation in road death rates is investigated using cross-sectional data for 19 countries. It is proposed that road fatality rates are influenced by modal substitution between relatively vulnerable trips by foot and bicycle, and motorized journeys which have a smaller exposure to risk of fatal injury. Although available data do not permit a direct test of this hypothesis, regression results suggest that motor vehicle use is inversely associated with death on the roads across OECD countries all else equal.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)215-217
    Number of pages3
    JournalApplied Economics Letters
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999


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