Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

HSS Seminar

‘Blood on the Road: An Empirical Investigation of Non Economic Factors upon Road Fatalities in the Indian States'


Dr. Devi Prasad Dash

August 31 2018 at  3:00 PM

Venue:  Conference Room 2


The role of non-economic factors on road fatalities is analysed in this study. We adopt the panel based study by incorporating the factors like drunken driving, driver’s fault, lawless driving, defective motor conditions, bad weather conditions, reckless driving by bus, truck and car drivers, traffic fatalities and road accident rates to model the effects of non-economic factors upon road fatality incidents. This study considers the time period from 2006 to 2015 for all the Indian states and UTs. The empirical results confirm the positive and significant effect of reckless and drunken driving incidents upon the road fatality rates. We also capture the positive impacts of drunken driving and lawless driving incidents upon the rural and urban road fatalities. Besides these, the empirical results show the positive and significant impacts of the increased bad weather conditions, defective road and vehicle conditions in causing road fatalities across the Indian states. These baseline results are found to be robust and consistent in all of the alternative empirical specifications.