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Driving Under the Influence of Our Fathers

Randi Hjalmarsson1 / Matthew J. Lindquist2

1Queen Mary, University of London,

2Stockholm University,

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Volume 10, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2579, November 2010

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Published Online:
2010-11-01

Abstract

This paper uses data from the Stockholm Birth Cohort Study to document intergenerational associations in drunk driving between fathers and their children. The proportion of sons with a record of drunk driving is 2.3 times larger for sons whose fathers have a conviction for drunk driving than for sons whose fathers have not been convicted. For daughters, the proportion is 7.8 times larger. The average number of convictions is twice as large for sons whose fathers have a conviction for drunk driving than for sons whose fathers have not been convicted. For daughters, the average number of convictions is 15.3 times larger. We argue that these intergenerational associations in drunk driving have important implications for treatment strategies and public policy.

Keywords: alcohol; crime; drunk driving; illegal; behavior; intergenerational crime; risk

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