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Tito Moreira, Adolfo Sachsida and Loureiro Paulo
''Traffic accidents: an econometric investigation''
( 2004, Vol. 18 No.3 )
Based on a sample of drivers in Brasilia's streets, this article investigates whether distraction explains traffic accidents. A probit model is estimated to determine the predictive power of several variables on traffic accidents. The main conclusion drawn from this study is that the proxies used to measure distraction, such as the use of cell phones and cigarette smoking in a moving vehicle, are significant factors in determining traffic accidents.
Keywords: discriminant analysis
JEL: R4 - Transportation Systems: General
C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
Manuscript Received : Mar 11 2004 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 22 2004

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