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The Cost of Accidental Death: A Capital Market Approach

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This article analyzes the effect of accidental deaths involving either a firms workplace or product on the firm's shareholder equity. Significant and sustained losses were found, reaching a peak of over & million per fatality during the second week following an accident. The variation in the cumulative percentage loss to the firms due to the accidents is explained by the number of deaths per accident and the riskiness of the product of workplace--the lower the a priori perceived riskiness, the greater the decline in equity. Copyright 1990 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Broder, Ivy E, 1990. "The Cost of Accidental Death: A Capital Market Approach," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 51-63, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:3:y:1990:i:1:p:51-63
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    1. Viscusi, W Kip, 1993. "The Value of Risks to Life and Health," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 31(4), pages 1912-1946, December.
    2. W. Kip Viscusi, 1991. "Product and Occupational Liability," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 5(3), pages 71-91, Summer.
    3. DREZE , Jacques H. & RUSTICHINI, Aldo, 2000. "State-dependent utility and decision theory," CORE Discussion Papers 2000007, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
    4. Wolfram Schlenker & Sofia B. Villas-Boas, 2009. "Consumer and Market Responses to Mad Cow Disease," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 91(4), pages 1140-1152.
    5. Abbigail J. Chiodo & Massimo Guidolin & Michael T. Owyang & Makoto Shimoji, 2003. "Subjective probabilities: psychological evidence and economic applications," Working Papers 2003-009, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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