Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lowering Traffic Congestion Improves Infant Health: Benefit of EZ-Pass

There is a positive externality and unintended consequence to automatic toll collection. "Traffic Congestion and Infant Health: Evidence from E-ZPass" by Janet Currie and Reed Walker, NBER Working Paper No. 15413,October 2009.
We find that reductions in traffic congestion generated by E-ZPass reduced the incidence of prematurity and low birth weight among mothers within 2km of a toll plaza by 10.8% and 11.8% respectively.
Read the NBER abstract here.

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