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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Mathematical Economics

Reader 1

Professor Pedace

Reader 2

Professor Van Horn

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In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration passed the Federal SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users). Among other things, Section 1121 of the Public Law 109 contained within this Act permitted states to individually decide what they classified as a low-emissions vehicle, and to choose whether or not to grant these vehicles single-occupancy access to HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) lanes. This paper will analyze the effects of HOV lane incentives as a result of Section 1121 of the Public Law 109 from the 2005 Federal SAFETEA-LU’s impact on household likelihood to own a hybrid electric vehicle, utilizing Federal Highway Administration National Household Transportation Survey data from 2001, 2009, and 2017 in a linear probability difference-in-difference model.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.