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Valuation of the risk of SARS in Taiwan

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  • Jin-Tan Liu

    (Department of Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and NBER)

  • James K. Hammitt

    (School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

  • Jung-Der Wang

    (School of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

  • Meng-Wen Tsou

    (Department of International Trade, Tamkang University, Taiwan)

Abstract

Two surveys conducted in Taiwan during the spring 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic reveal a high degree of concern about the threat posed by SARS to Taiwan and its residents, although respondents believe they are knowledgeable about the risk of SARS and that it is susceptible to individual control. Willingness to pay (WTP) to reduce the risk of infection and death from SARS is elicited using contingent valuation methods. Estimated WTP is high, implying values per statistical life of US$3 to 12 million. While consistent with estimates for high-income countries, these values are substantially larger than previous estimates for Taiwan and may be attributable to the high degree of concern about SARS at the time the data were collected. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Jin-Tan Liu & James K. Hammitt & Jung-Der Wang & Meng-Wen Tsou, 2005. "Valuation of the risk of SARS in Taiwan," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(1), pages 83-91.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:14:y:2005:i:1:p:83-91
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.911
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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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