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Title: Social Preferences and Transport Policy: The case of US speed limits
Author: Albalate, Daniel, 1980-
Keywords: Limitacions de velocitat
Política de transports
Seguretat viària
Speed limits
Transportation and state
Traffic safety
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Series/Report no: [WP E-IR09/26]
Abstract: This article, in reviewing the longrunning US debate on speed limits, illustrates how a different valuation of the trade-off between private mobility needs and safety concerns can shape transport policies. It is argued that the regulatory decentralization debate, together with the speed limit in force in each state, obey the social preferences and valuation given to this tradeoff. Such a view is consistent with evidence that higher speed limits are to be found in states with greater private mobility needs, even though their fatality rates might be among the highest in the country. By contrast, lower speed limits and supporters of a low national speed limit are to be found in states that show a greater concern for safety outcomes and which are less dependent on private mobility. By reviewing these events and examining the role played by the main actors and analyzing their motivations, the article identifies important lessons for similar future discussions on transport policy.
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It is part of: IREA – Working Papers, 2009, IR09/26
ISSN: 2014-1254
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