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Robust Estimates of Value of a Statistical Life for Developing Economies

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  • Bowland, Brad J.
  • Beghin, John C.

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Environmental economists use the value-of-statistical-life (VSL) approach to value mortality changes resulting from environmental improvement. Because of scarce data, VSL estimates are unavailable for most developing countries. Using robust regression techniques, we conduct a meta-analysis of VSL studies in industrialized countries to derive a VSL prediction function for developing economies accounting for differences in risk, income, human capital levels, and other demographic characteristics of these economies. We apply our estimated VSL to assess the willingness to pay for reduction in mortality linked to air pollution in Santiago, Chile. We find willingness-to-pay estimates in the range of 1992 purchasing power parity (PPP) $519,000-675,000 per life.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5196.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2001
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Policy Modeling, May 2001, vol. 23 no. 4, pp. 385-396
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5196

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Keywords: air pollution; meta-analysis; mortality; santiago; VSL; willingness to pay;

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