The Value of a Statistical Life: A Comparison of Two Approaches
Using an original data set, this article presents the first effort to compare systematically the values of a statistical life obtained from the two main methodologies existing in the literature - the revealed-preference approach (wage-risk analysis) and the contingent-valuation approach - applied to the same sample of individuals. A survey was conducted in the Montreal area with a questionnaire containing two series of questions: one set of contingent-valuation questions and one set of questions pertaining to the information necessary for performing a wage-risk study. The results show that the values of a statistical life obtained from each method are different from each other. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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