The Effects of Boating Safety Policies in the United States

23 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006

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Todd M. Gabe

University of Maine - School of Economics

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of the effects of boating safety policies on accidents involving pleasure boats on state waterways. We focus on the impacts of law enforcement and youth certification policies, using ordinary least squares and negative binomial estimators that control for select demographic and geographical variables. Estimates from the negative binomial model are used in policy simulations to predict the outcomes of proposed boating safety policies. Our findings suggest that substantial reductions in accidents and property damages could be achieved through the uniform application of law enforcement and youth certification programs across the United States. The paper extends existing studies on automobile safety and demonstrates the usefulness of a maximum likelihood estimator for policy analysis.

Keywords: Boating Safety, Regulatory Policy, Public Policy, Negative Binomial Model

JEL Classification: C25, I18, J18

Suggested Citation

Gabe, Todd M. and Hite, Diane, The Effects of Boating Safety Policies in the United States (May 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=904329 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.904329

Todd M. Gabe

University of Maine - School of Economics ( email )

Orono, ME 04469-5774
United States

Diane Hite (Contact Author)

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

Comer Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States
334-844-5655 (Phone)
334-844-5639 (Fax)

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