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The value of improved road safety

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We report the results of a contingent valuation study of the value of a serious statistical accident (VSSA) in an urban road safety context in Sweden. To account for scale bias of responses (i.e., the insensitivity of the willingness-to-pay value to the size of the risk reduction being valued) we derive a lower-bound estimate. This is computed from the willingness to pay for a private-good device or a public safety program that completely eliminates the risk of fatal and serious injury road accidents. We search for values from respondents with self- reported high confidence in their answers. Our conservative estimates result in average benefits of public road-safety measures targeting serious accidents that are greater than previous studies have indicated.

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  • Hultkrantz, Lars & Lindberg, Gunnar & Andersson, Camilla, 2005. "The value of improved road safety," Working Papers 2005:4, Örebro University, School of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:oruesi:2005_004
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    Value of statistical life; vision zero; contingent valuation; scale bias; scope bias;
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    JEL classification:

    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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