Report numberRA-2006-84
TitleSocial Norms and Traffic Safety
SubtitleA cross-country analysis in the EU-15
AuthorsKlara Vrolix
Lode Vereeck
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2002-2006
Number of pages48
Document languageEnglish
Partner(s)Universiteit Hasselt
Work packageOther: Enforcement and policy

The objective of this study is to determine the factors which explain for the discrepancies in road safety levels in several European countries. The analysis is based on a panel data regression model which uses data of 15 European countries from 1995 to 2002. The road safety level of a country is expressed as the number of traffic fatalities and infrastructure, transportation, socio-economic, demographic variables were considered as possible variables. Also the possible significance of social norms, expressed by the corruption level of a country, is tested.

The final model includes the Corruption Perceptions Index, Alcohol Consumption per capita, Gross Domestic Product per capita and the Road Traffic Volume in passenger kilometers.

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