Pinning Down the Value of Statistical Life
Christopher Woock () and
No 3107, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
Our research addresses fundamental long-standing concerns in the compensating wage differentials literature and its public policy implications: the econometric properties of estimates of the value of statistical life (VSL) and the wide range of such estimates from about $0.5 million to about $21 million. We address most of the prominent econometric issues by applying panel data, a new and more accurate fatality risk measure, and systematic selection of panel estimator in our research. Controlling for measurement error, endogeneity, individual heterogeneity, and state dependence yields both a reasonable average level and narrow range for the estimated value of a statistical life of about $5.5–$7.5 million.
Keywords: random effects; fixed effects; panel data; VSL; PSID (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J17 J28 K00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
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Published - published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2012, 94 (1) , 74-87
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