, Volume 142, Issue 3-4, pp 507-513
Date: 27 Oct 2009

“Rubbin’ is racin''': evidence of the Peltzman effect from NASCAR

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Abstract

The Peltzman Effect is a well known and controversial theory in the literature. Studies have struggled to find a dataset that can accurately test for the presence of the effect. We have created a unique dataset and use a natural experiment from the sport of stock car racing to test the theory. Using race-level data from NASCAR events, we find strong evidence that a major safety regulation has led to more on-track accidents and an increased risk to both spectators and pit crew members.