EFFECTS OF BICYCLE HELMET LAWS ON CHILDREN'S INJURIES
Article first published online: 30 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Markowitz, S. and Chatterji, P. (2013), EFFECTS OF BICYCLE HELMET LAWS ON CHILDREN'S INJURIES. Health Econ.. doi: 10.1002/hec.2997
- Article first published online: 30 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 6 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 22 MAY 2013
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In recent years, many states and localities in the USA have enacted bicycle helmet laws. We estimate the effects of these laws on injuries requiring emergency department treatment. Using hospital-level panel data and triple difference models, we find helmet laws are associated with reductions in bicycle-related head injuries among children. However, laws also are associated with decreases in non-head cycling injuries, as well as increases in head injuries from other wheeled sports. Thus, the observed reduction in bicycle-related head injuries may be due to reductions in bicycle riding induced by the laws. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.