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Are young Americans retreating from the open road?

A general view of atmosphere in the car camping zone of the 2012 Coachella Music Festival on the Empire Polo Fields on April 12, 2012 in Indio, Calif.

Another casualty of the poor economy in recent years? The 16-year-old behind the wheel.

According to a study conducted by the Frontier Group and the US PIRG Education Fund, the number of young Americans without a driver's license has risen in the last decade.

In fact, now a full quarter of 14-34-year olds in the U-S can't legally drive.

But is this a cultural shift, or a sign of the economic times?

Here to talk with us in today's Mid-day Extra is Tony Dutzik of Frontier Group, who co-authored the study.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio
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