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Title: Measuring the Value of a Statistical Life: Problems and Prospects
Authors: Ashenfelter, Orley
Keywords: Value of a statistical life
speed limits
value of time
safety risk
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2005
Series/Report no.: Working Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 505
Abstract: Tradeoffs between monetary wealth and fatal safety risks are summarized in the value of a statistical life (VSL), a measure that is widely used for the evaluation of public policies in medicine, the environment, and transportation safety. This paper demonstrates the widespread use of this concept and summarizes the major issues, both theoretical and empirical, that must be confronted in order to provide a credible estimate of a VSL. The paper concludes with an application of these issues to a particular study of speed limits and highway safety.
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