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Individual and Household Values of Mortality Reductions with Intrahousehold Bargaining

  • Jon Strand


I derive alternative measures of maximum willingness to pay (WTP) and value of statistical life (VSL) for selfish members of two-person households who bargain efficiently over consumption of individual and household goods. There is then no systematic bias in letting one member conduct the valuation on behalf of the household. Public-good VSL may exceed private-good VSL when each member attaches (selfish) preferences to survival of the spouse, and to any income from a surviving spouse in period 2. When period 2 is a retirement period and household members’ incomes are fixed, interview surveys tend to overvalue VSL due to ignored negative effects of own survival on private of public pension budgets. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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Volume (Year): 31 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
Pages: 217-236

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:31:y:2005:i:2:p:217-236
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