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A Novel Approach to Estimating the Demand Value of Road Safety

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  • Christoph M. Rheinberger

    (European Chemicals Agency (ECHA))

  • Felix Schläpfer

    (Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences)

  • Michael Lobsiger

    (B,S,S. Economic Consultants Ltd.)

Abstract

We estimate the demand value of road safety improvements in Switzerland from survey data using a novel elicitation approach. Individuals’ responses to questions about how much public spending on road safety should be increased are combined with observations of income, tax rate, and road usage to estimate the economic value of a statistical accident avoided. Information obtained from a risk-risk tradeoff elicitation allows us to distinguish willingness-to-pay values for various degrees of accident severity. Our most comprehensive estimate of the value of a statistical accident avoided amounts to CHF 11.0 million ($11.6 million); the corresponding value per statistical life is close to CHF 4.2 million ($4.5 million). We explore the sensitivity of these estimates to anchoring and other framing effects and find that the popularity of specific road safety programs is influenced by both the availability of different choice options and the provision of partisan cues expressing political endorsement or opposition.

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  • Christoph M. Rheinberger & Felix Schläpfer & Michael Lobsiger, 2017. "A Novel Approach to Estimating the Demand Value of Road Safety," Working Papers 2017.15, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2017.15
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    Keywords

    Road Safety; Value of Life; Public Goods;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J17 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Value of Life; Foregone Income

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