Oregon tax cut linked to 2,302 deaths

A few years ago, the economists Gregory DeAngelo and Benjamin Hansen wrote a paper looking at road deaths and injuries in the state of Oregon, which—in part because of a “tax revolt”—has cut the size of its highway patrol repeatedly since the end of the nineteen-seventies. “We find that Oregon would have experienced 2,302 fewer fatalities from 1979-2005 if the number of state police had been maintained at their 1979 levels,” the two concluded.


That’s all from the May 4, New Yorker.  That’s an estimate, sure, and the linkage is not direct, but it’s worth thinking about.


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