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Emily is currently a senior looking forward to graduating this spring with majors in both economics and marketing. After graduation, Emily hopes to land a job in the Columbia, South Carolina area.

Emily Shuba

Graduation Year: 2010
Major: Economics and Marketing

Capstone Topic:
Are Men Safer Drivers? A Cross Sectional Study of Ohio’s Fatal Crashes in 2008

Emily is currently a senior looking forward to graduating this spring with majors in both economics and marketing. After graduation, Emily hopes to land a job in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Until then, Emily is employed at both the Marietta Country Club and the Marietta agency of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Emily’s paper is titled “Are Men Safer Drivers? A Cross Sectional Study of Ohio’s Fatal Crashes in 2008”.As an employee of the OBMV, Emily is very knowledgeable of motor vehicle laws and licensing procedures. Therefore, exploring any aspect of motor vehicle use would apply such knowledge. The purpose of this study is to utilize the regression analysis to examine the role that gender plays in the causation of fault among fatal motor vehicle accidents. The sample is comprised of all of Ohio’s fatal crashes in 2008. The results of the regression will be able to determine which gender is safer at driving and will provide insight towards policy implications.

Emily presents her capstone paper.

Abstract

Motor vehicle accidents are consistently reported as being a significant killer in the United States, and a top killer among young adults and teens. This study utilizes the probit model to determine what factors contribute to the probability of fault among all drivers, while specifically studying the role gender plays in the probability of fault in the state of Ohio during 2008. Although ten independent variables are included in the model, only the gender of the driver, whether or not the vehicle is a car, and an interaction variable measuring age times gender of the driver were found to have any statistically significance. Overall, female drivers have a higher probability of being at fault for a fatal accident than male drivers and driving a passenger vehicle car also increases the probability of fault. Even though women have a higher probability of fault, this probability decreases more rapidly than men as they age.

 
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