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The Value of Life: A New Labor Theory-Based Model


  • Arayssi Mahmoud

    (Dhofar University, Oman and American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

  • Khoury Sarkis Joseph

    (University of California, Riverside)

  • Uwaydah Mardini Rania

    (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)


This paper develops a labor-based model where a worker chooses between not only work and leisure, as the traditional labor models have argued, but rather between labor, leisure and the purchase of insurance. The model allows the insurance buyer to determine the amount of insurance he is willing to work for and purchase while maximizing utility and derives the shadow price of risk, thus the value of life. The model is applied to quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential utility functions. Results can help insurance companies determine the cost of insurance associated with a specific job and related risk.

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  • Arayssi Mahmoud & Khoury Sarkis Joseph & Uwaydah Mardini Rania, 2006. "The Value of Life: A New Labor Theory-Based Model," Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 1-15, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jbvela:v:1:y:2006:i:1:n:3

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