Saturday, October 04, 2008

Are police tougher on out-of-state drivers?

Just read an interesting statistical analysis about speeding tickets by Professors Michael Makowsky and Thomas Stratmann. They both appear to be economics professors at George Mason University.

They analyzed a database of Massachusetts speeding tickets. Police there can choose to issue a fine or just a warning on the ticket. They found that police are more likely to fine out-of-town drivers and even more likely to fine out-of-state drivers. It's an interesting discussion, if you can wade through the statistical mumbo jumbo.

The paper is available online at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=961967.
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