Dollars for Lives: The Effects of Capital Outlay and Maintenance

An important strategic goal of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Mid-American Transportation Center is to enhance traffic safety. Understanding determinants of highway fatalities and thus making appropriate policies serve that goal well. Potentially significant determinants of highway fatalities that have never been explored in the highway safety literature are expenditures on highway maintenance and capital outlay. This state-level study using data from 1965 till 2010 examines the effects of highway capital outlay and maintenance expenditures on highway fatalities using advanced panel data methods. This is a timely study given recent increases in highway fatalities and state decreases in highway spending. The findings from this study will shed light on how future continued cutbacks on capital outlay and maintenance spending affect traffic safety, and what policies should be taken to enhance safety.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $56157.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Iowa, Iowa City

      102 Church Street
      Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ryan, Yeung

      Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong

    • Start Date: 20130701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 34764

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01487968
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jul 24 2013 1:02AM