Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Pass through effects from the minimum legal drinking age in Utah, evidence from regression discontinuity analysis

Class

Article

College

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Faculty Mentor

Briggs Depew

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Using a regression discontinuity design, we estimate the effect of increased alcohol access on traffic accidents in the state of Utah. Our results support existing research (Carpenter 2009, Callaghan 2014) which support policies which reduce alcohol consumption by young adults. Additionally, we provide previously unexplored insights into the indirect effects of the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws through increased availability of alcohol to minors. Specifically, we find a significant increase in automobile accidents with drivers under age 21, as the Seniors vehicle passenger has their 21st birthday. These trickle-down effects are important to consider when discussing MLDA and other alcohol-related policies.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 10:15 AM

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Pass through effects from the minimum legal drinking age in Utah, evidence from regression discontinuity analysis

The North Atrium

Using a regression discontinuity design, we estimate the effect of increased alcohol access on traffic accidents in the state of Utah. Our results support existing research (Carpenter 2009, Callaghan 2014) which support policies which reduce alcohol consumption by young adults. Additionally, we provide previously unexplored insights into the indirect effects of the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws through increased availability of alcohol to minors. Specifically, we find a significant increase in automobile accidents with drivers under age 21, as the Seniors vehicle passenger has their 21st birthday. These trickle-down effects are important to consider when discussing MLDA and other alcohol-related policies.