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Speeding, punishment, and recidivism : evidence from a regression discontinuity design / Markus Gehrsitz (IZA and University of Strathclyde) ; IZA, Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserGehrsitz, Markus In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, April 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10707
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-121894 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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This paper estimates the effects of temporary drivers license suspensions on driving behavior. A little known rule in the German traffic penalty catalogue maintains that drivers who commit a series of speeding transgressions within 365 days should have their license suspended for one month. My regression discontinuity design exploits the quasi-random assignment of license suspensions caused by the 365-days cut-off and shows that 1-month license suspensions lower the probability of recidivating within a year by 20 percent. This is largely a specific deterrence effect driven by the punishment itself and not by incapacitation, information asymmetries, or the threat of stiffer future penalties.