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Contingent Valuation of Mortality Risk Reduction in Developing Countries: A Mission Impossible?

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  • Minhaj Mahmud

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We examine the effect of training the respondents regarding probabilities and risk reductions, in addition to using visual aids to communicate risk and risk reductions, in a contingent valuation survey of mortality risk reduction in Bangladesh. We elicit individuals’ risk perception and find that people on average overestimate the mortality risk at younger ages and underestimate it at older ages. Our results indicate a significantly higher WTP for the trained sub-sample, and WTP is sensitive to the magnitude of risk reduction both with and without the training.

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  • Minhaj Mahmud, 2006. "Contingent Valuation of Mortality Risk Reduction in Developing Countries: A Mission Impossible?," Keele Economics Research Papers KERP 2006/01, Centre for Economic Research, Keele University.
  • Handle: RePEc:kee:kerpuk:2006/01
    Note: An earlier version of this paper is available as Working Paper No 169, Department of Economics, Göteborg University, 2005.
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    Keywords

    Contingent valuation; risk reduction; WTP; sensitivity to scope; training respondents; Bangladesh;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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