[能源经济学研讨会]Fuel prices and road deaths in Australia and New Zealand



Fuel prices and road deaths in Australia and New Zealand

本次能源经济学研讨会邀请到澳大利亚国立大学立克劳福德公共政策学院Paul Burke博士做学术演讲。
After years of general progress in improving road safety in Australia and New Zealand, road deaths increased again in 2015 and 2016. These were also years of relatively cheap fuel following the fall in the world oil price. This study uses monthly data to examine the role of lower fuel prices in affecting road deaths in Australia and New Zealand. We use an instrumental variable approach and examine effects by type of road user and location. We find that lower fuel prices have played a substantial role in the recent upticks in road deaths. Low fuel prices appear to have contributed to knocking Australia off track to meeting its 2020 road safety target.


  Dr Paul Burke,a Fellow in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Paul`s research focuses on the economics of energy, the environment, transport, and developing countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific. Paul has published in journals including American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Economic Inquiry, Nature Climate Change, and Global Environmental Change. His ongoing research includes examining Indonesia’s energy subsidy reforms, Australia’s ongoing energy transition, US energy demand, the economics of road safety, and benefits of electricity access. Paul holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, 2016–2018, granted by the Australian Research Council.

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