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Calculating compensation in cases of wrongful death

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  • Lewbel, Arthur

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Death statutes in the United States list elements of loss for which a defendant must make compensatory payment. The element that economists as expert witnesses are called upon to calculate is net income, roughly defined as the decedent's income minus personal expenses. The existence of joint or shared consumption goods complicates the definition and calculation of net income. Net income can be interpreted as the money required for survivors to attain the same standard of living as before. Equivalence scales traditionally used for this type of calculation are flawed. A new method for calculating net income is proposed, based on a collective household model.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 113 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 115-128

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:113:y:2003:i:1:p:115-128

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  1. Martin Browning & Pierre-André Chiappori & Arthur Lewbel, . "Estimating Consumption Economies of Scale, Adult Equivalence Scales, and Household Bargaining Power," CAM Working Papers 2003-12, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics, revised Dec 2003.
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