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Experience with Punishment and Specic Deterrence: Evidence from Speeding Tickets

Lecture: Dr. Christian Traxler, Hertie School of Governance

This paper analyzes how subjective experiences of being punished affect subsequent offending behavior. The context of our study is the enforcement of speed limits through radars and speeding tickets. Using unique data that cover anonymized individual driving and ticketing histories of more than 170,000 car owners over 15 months, we evaluate drivers' responses to receiving a speeding ticket. We exploit two strategies to identify causal effects: (1) A regression discontinuity design, which builds on an arbitrary speed level threshold that is used to decide which speed limit violations actually trigger a ticket; (2) An event analysis of high-frequency driving behavior before and after receiving a ticket. Both analyses provide evidence on a strong and persistent specific deterrence effect from receiving a ticket. Drivers reduce their speed immediately after they receive the ticket and the reduction is sustained over several months.

Date & Time

12:15 pm - 01:45 pm


Innstraße 39, Juridicum (JUR) (Room HS 14)

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Organised byLehrstuhl für Development Economics Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät