Driving Behavior: How COVID-19 Pumped the Brakes on Transportation

Abel Brodeur joined us to discuss his research on the impact that safer-at-home policies had on car crashes, pollution, and other environmental concerns.


July 23, 2020


1:00–2:00 p.m. ET


Event Series

Resources Radio Live

Event Details

On Thursday, July 23, RFF hosted our third Resources Radio Live webinar, featuring Dr. Abel Brodeur. Dr. Brodeur discussed his research on how the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, and limited travel have affected the number of vehicle collisions over the past several months. He also discussed his broader research examining the literature on the socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19 and government interventions, with a focus on environmental aspects. 

Dr. Brodeur is an associate professor in the department of economics at the University of Ottawa.

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered lives across the globe—and has had a number of dramatic effects on typical patterns of movement, consumption, and pollution. Even as the medical community has sprung into action to address the public health impacts of the pandemic—and policymakers seek ways to address the economic consequences—other researchers are beginning to understand the many ways in which the past few months have affected a range of energy and environmental considerations.


  • Abel Brodeur, University of Ottawa
  • Kristin Hayes, Resources for the Future (Resources Radio host)

Event Video

Our weekly podcast, Resources Radio, has gone live for a virtual audience. The webinars in this series will also serve as live recordings for the podcast series, offering another opportunity to engage with this timely content—and the webinars provide a chance to ask the guest and host your questions in real time!


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