December, 2011

“I Can’t Drive 55”: The Economics of the CB Radio Phenomenon

  • Jared Barton

    Associate Professor of Economics, California State University, Channel Islands
  • Tyler Watts

    Assistant Professor, Economics Department, East Texas Baptist University
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The 55 mile-per-hour national maximum speed limit sparked the citizens’ band radio craze that swept the United States from the mid- to late 1970s. Truckers bought CBs to help them steer clear of law enforcement on unfamiliar rural interstate highways and thereby avoid the extra costs of driving slower, whereas car drivers had weaker economic incentives to buy them.

Find the article at the Independent Institute.