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Reference-dependent valuations of risk: Why willingness-to-accept exceeds willingness-to-pay

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  • W. Viscusi & Joel Huber, 2012. "Reference-dependent valuations of risk: Why willingness-to-accept exceeds willingness-to-pay," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 19-44, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:44:y:2012:i:1:p:19-44
    DOI: 10.1007/s11166-011-9132-2
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    Keywords

    Reference dependence; Health risks; Stated preference; Willingness to pay; WTA; WTP; D80; Q25; I10; H40;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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