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Willingness-to-pay for a statistical life in the times of a pandemic

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  • Dorte Gyrd-Hansen

    (Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Peder Andreas Halvorsen
  • Ivar S�nb� Kristiansen
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    A contingent valuation was performed based on cross-sectional web-based interviews of individuals aged 16-82 years of age presenting a scenario of influenza pandemic. The mean WTP for a course of Tamiflu was NOK 1034 (median NOK 250). Anxious individuals perceived the pandemic mortality risk to be higher than others, but also perceived the benefit of Tamiflu as greater. They also expressed a higher WTP for Tamiflu, but the implied VOSL was less than for other respondents. The results suggest that fear and anxiety distort decision making under uncertainty and decrease focus on the perceived risk reduction. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 55-66

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:17:y:2008:i:1:p:55-66

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