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Discounting and the Evaluation of Lifesaving Programs

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  • Cropper, Maureen L
  • Portney, Paul R

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The evaluation of lifesaving programs whose benefits extend into the future involves two discounting issues. The intragenerational discounting problem is how to express, in age-j dollars, reductions in an individual's conditional probability of dying at some future age k. Havig discounted future lifesaving benefits to the beginning of each individual's life, one is faced with the problem of discounting these benefits to the present--the intergenerational discounting problem. We discuss both problems from the perspectives of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses. These principles are then applied to lifesaving programs that involve a latency period. Copyright 1990 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.

Volume (Year): 3 (1990)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 369-79

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:3:y:1990:i:4:p:369-79

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  1. Jin-Tan Liu & James K. Hammitt, 2003. "Effects of Disease Type and Latency on the Value of Mortality Risk," NBER Working Papers 10012, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Carson, Richard T & Mitchell, Robert Cameron, 2000. "Public Preferences Towards Environmental Risks: The Case of Trihalomethanes," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt12t5g549, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
  3. Cropper, Maureen L & Oates, Wallace E, 1992. "Environmental Economics: A Survey," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 30(2), pages 675-740, June.
  4. Hugh Gravelle & Dave Smith, 2001. "Discounting for health effects in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(7), pages 587-599.

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