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The value of reducing risks of death: A note on new evidence

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  • Ann Fisher
  • Lauraine G. Chestnut
  • Daniel M. Violette
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    Government agencies face difficult resource-allocation decisions when confronted with projects that will reduce risks of fatality. Evidence from individual behavior helps determine society's values for reducing risks. The most credible evidence is based on individuals' willingness to pay (or willingness to accept compensation) for small changes in risks. Studies of consumer behavior are limited, but more evidence is available relating wages to job risks. Contingent valuation studies reinforce the wage-risk implications, leading to a range of values that can be compared with the costs of proposals to reduce fatal risks.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Volume (Year): 8 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 88-100

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:8:y:1989:i:1:p:88-100

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    1. Dillingham, Alan E, 1985. "The Influence of Risk Variable Definition on Value-of-Life Estimates," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, Western Economic Association International, vol. 23(2), pages 277-94, April.
    2. Arnould, Richard J & Nichols, Len M, 1983. "Wage-Risk Premiums and Workers' Compensation: A Refinement of Estimates of Compensating Wage Differential," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 91(2), pages 332-40, April.
    3. Marin, Alan & Psacharopoulos, George, 1982. "The Reward for Risk in the Labor Market: Evidence from the United Kingdom and a Reconciliation with Other Studies," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 90(4), pages 827-53, August.
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