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U. Chicago Law Podcast, Lior Strahilevitz’s Universal ‘How’s My Driving?’ Proposal

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The University of Chicago Law School professor Lior Strahilevitz gave a fascinating talk on his Universal ‘How’s My Driving?’ Proposal that was made available on the Law school’s podcast. Listen to the talk in full below and sign up for the podcast.

Though I was initially skeptical, the more I listened, the more convinced I became of the inefficiencies of the present system of enforcing and allocating the costs of bad driving, but the opportunities we now have to make improvements. Very, very interesting.

On a related note, my favorite econ blog, Marginal Revolution, just posted on some interesting research on The economics of traffic fines
, which finds the following:

The farther the residence of a driver from the municipality where the ticket could be contested, the higher is the likelihood of a speeding fine, and the larger the amount of the fine. The probability of a fine issued by a local officer is higher in towns when constraints on increasing property taxes are binding, the property tax base is lower, and the town is more dependent on revenues from tourism.

At the beginning of his talk, Strahilevitz notes that prestige-seeking law schools tend to eschew courses in traffic law as beneath their institutional mission, but that they shouldn’t be so quick to pass judgment. Traffic-related cases make up 60% of our nation’s cornucopia of litigation and the costs of poor driving amount to nearly 2% of our GDP.

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Strahilevitz: How’s My Driving? For Everything and Everyone (.mp3) [available from University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog]

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  1. [...] The list – Podcasts from America’s Top Law Schools. I’m familiar with most of these and the quality varies widely. Chicago is the front-runner, I think, purely for entertainment value – see my previous post U. Chicago Law Podcast, Lior Strahilevitz’s Universal ‘How’s My Driving?’ Proposal. [...]

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